Spain all but secured their place in the quarter-finals of the UEFA European Under-16 Championship by beating Belgium 5-0 at Durham City’s New Ferens Park. Having beaten Romania 3-0 in their opening match, Spain now need just a point against Germany on Thursday to finish top of Group A.
It was another convincing win for Spain against a Belgium team who were unable to repeat their performance in the opening match when they beat Germany 2-1.
Spain went ahead in the second minute when Miguel Flaño pounced on a loose ball in the penalty area. Shortly afterwards Fernando José Torres ran on to a defence-splitting pass to round Belgium’s goalkeeper Glenn Verbauwhede and double Spain’s lead.
Fluent passing saw Spain keep possession with ease and Torres got his second with a shot that went in off the post seven minutes before the break. In the second half the Spanish hit the Belgians with swift counterattacks which yielded goals for Jaime Gavilan and Guillermo "Busy" Bauza who both beat the helpless Verbauwhede in one on one situations.
'Made life difficult for ourselves'
Belgian coach Patrick Klinkenberg said: "We made life very difficult for ourselves by conceding such an early goal. We also failed to exert any pressure in midfield in the first half and Spain were able to break through our defence too easily. By the time we became better organised in the second half the game was as good as over."