Sunday June 12, 2011 Group Stage: Group B Finished MCH Arena

Spain U-21 1 - 1 England U-21

  • Herrera 14’
  • Welbeck 88’

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  1. Welbeck rescues point for England

    Welbeck rescues point for England

    Danny Welbeck struck two minutes from time to earn England an unlikely 1-1 draw against Euro U21 favourites Spain in Herning. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Spain U-21
    • England U-21
    • 90+3' There goes the final whistle! England earn a draw from this match. Shouldn't have got a point, but they will take this result. A 1-1 draw.
    • 89' Three minutes to be added to this match. England on the attack. Rodwell lifts a shot over the bar from outside of the box.
    • 88' Mata trying to play in Bojan, but the ball is safely in the arms of Fielding in the England goal.
    • 87' Would you believe it? England have been outclassed and outplayed, but are suddenly level. Can't believe there was no flag from the linesman, but England will take this.
    • 86' GOAL FOR ENGLAND! Welback slips the ball from Walker's pass. Rodwell was offside, but the goal counts.
    • 85' Herrera departs to be replaced by Diego Capel.
    • 84' Lansbury on the charge. His cross is blocked after being picked out by Walker. England make a rare venture into Spanish territory.
    • 83' Spain continue to keep the ball. Difficult to see England rescuing a point from this, even though the scoreline reads only 1-0.
    • 82' Herrera taken out of the play by Lansbury.
    • 81' Clock ticking down and time is ebbing away. Mata goes for goal from 25 yards out. Bounced in front of Fielding, but he keeps his eye on it. Decent save.
    • 80' Walker hammers the ball long down the pitch, but it is only going to come right back at the white shirts.
    • 79' Scott Sinclair is brought on for England to replace Cleverley while Jeffren is replaced by Bojan.
    • 78' Spain going to throw on Bojan Krkic by the looks of things. Not a bad man to bring on.
    • 77' Spain with almost 60% of possession. Sturridge races onto a pass from Cleverley, but the England striker is guilty of fouling Dominguez.
    • 76' England defending deeply. Spain utterly dominant on the ball. England chasing the ball. They can't get near it at the moment.
    • 75' Sturridge on the ball. Throws the cross into the area, but Spain quickly regain their positions and the ball.
    • 74' Mata plays in Didac, but his cross is cut out by Fielding. Lovely move from the Spanish, but no killer touch.
    • 73' Spain moving the ball around again. At times, this looks like a training session when they keep the ball.
    • 72' A change coming here for Spain. Daniel Parejo replaces Lopez.
    • 71' Didac slips the ball into the path of Montoya who lashes a shot into the side netting. Delightful move by Spain.
    • 70' Herrera is booked for a late chop on Welbeck. Right decision by the referee for a late lunge on the England player.
    • 69' Fine tackle by Smalling on Lopez as he tries to cut a dash to goal. Spain in the England half.
    • 68' Walker trying to escape Herrera, but he overdoes the tricks on the ball and eventually fouls the Spanish player. Free-kick to Spain.
    • 67' Cleverley moves over to his left-hand side of the pitch. England looking to get further up the park with these attacks.
    • 66' Henri Lansbury replaces Rose while Jack Rodwell arrives to take over from Michael Mancienne.
    • 65' England about to make a couple of changes here. Rodwell and Lansbury set to come on for England as they try to save this match.
    • 64' Welbeck with a late tackle on Martinez. Fortunate to avoid another booking and a red card for that one. Spanish players seeking a red card, but the referee not interested.
    • 63' De Gea races off his line to claim the ball under pressure from Sturridge.
    • 62' Spain happy to soak up any England attacks. Thiago and Mata keep the ball. Mata tries to play in Jeffren, but Fielding is out to collect.
    • 61' England back on the ball. Spain looking to up the pace in the final third of the park.
    • 60' Rose getting well up the park, buit the final ball isn't great. England do well to charge down a Herrera shot from the edge of the area.
    • 59' Lopez looked for the run of Jeffren, but just too much fizz on the pass. Jeffren late on Cleverley seconds later.
    • 58' Martinez again wins a header from inside the area, but this time he can't do any damage and England survive. Lovely corner from Mata.
    • 57' Superb save from Fielding to nudge Herrera's shot past a post after it had deflected off Smalling. Corner to Spain.
    • 56' A crowd of 8,000 watching this one tonight apparently. Can't really hear much of them. Mata and Didac combining well.
    • 55' Spain doing just enough to keep their lead. Not exactly impressing themselves upon this second period so far.
    • 54' Bertrand with a ball into the area from out wide, but he has lifted that cross right out of play. Poor delivery.
    • 53' Crowd giving England a few boos before Henderson knocks a long ball out of play. Pearce looking a bit concerned on the touchline.
    • 52' Sturridge offside from the pass by Mancienne. England delayed that pass for too long. Need to do things with a bit more urgency.
    • 51' Walker again makes progress up the park, but he can't get his cross in this time. More noteworthy play from Walker.
    • 50' Both teams with three attempts on goal. Spain with just one on target and one goal.
    • 49' Fielding knocks the ball to Jones. England take their time to go forward. England struggling to get out of their own half with the passing game.
    • 48' Strong play by Rose before Herrera tackles Henderson. Both teams pressing the ball.
    • 47' Thiago looking menacing early on in this second period. Jones forced to knock the ball back to Fielding under pressure from Mata.
    • 46' We are off and running in the second period.
    • 45+1' There goes the whistle for half-time. England fighting back well towards the end of the first period.
    • 45+1' Super run by Walker. His cross is flicked across goal by Sturridge, but De Gea makes a wonderful diving save to nudge the ball past a post. He was at full stretch to get that behind.
    • 45+1' Sturridge fires a shot at goal from inside the Spanish box, but De Gea is alert to make the save. Solid handling skills.
    • 44' A minute to be added to the half.
    • 43' England trying to find a leveller before the break, but that Spanish defence is well positioned. England forced to go backwards.
    • 42' Smalling doing some decent work in defence to match the run of Mata. Spain with only one real chance in this match, but that is enough to give them the lead.
    • 41' Spain not exactly cutting England open, despite their pretty movements. The Spanish seem quite happy with their one-goal lead as we head for the break.
    • 40' Rose with another nice cross, but Sturridge can't connect with the ball. Spain quick to pick up the loose ball.
    • 39' Offside flag goes up against Henderson as he tried to bound through from the deep. The midfielder complaining to the linesman.
    • 38' Great piece of play by England! Rose throws over a tempting cross, but Sturridge just fails to connect. A lot better by England.
    • 37' Botia clatters Welbeck and England have a free-kick around the halfway line.
    • 36' Herrera cracks a shot at goal from distance, but didn't get the pace on the ball as Fielding dives to make a comfortable stop.
    • 35' That tackle would have been deemed acceptable in the Premier League. This match is a real learning experience for England in so many ways. Spain again on the ball.
    • 34' Welbeck is going to be booked here for a late tackle on Jeffren. Looked a decent enough tackle, but referee said no.
    • 33' Smalling comes across to make a vital tackle on Lopez as he threatened to race clear on goal. Sturridge with a sloppy first touch seconds earlier.
    • 32' He beat Mancienne with some terrific footwork to lash a shot over the bar. Spain really piling on the pressure.
    • 31' Herrera fouls Cleverley, but England can't keep the ball for too long. Spain winning the loose balls in midfield. Thiago with lovely skills in midfield as he thrashes a shot over the bar.
    • 30' Sturridge well tracked by Botia. The Chelsea striker looking to the referee, but nothing doing as De Gea takes the goalkick.
    • 29' Good running by Bertrand after being slipped in by Rose. England not lacking energy, but all the class is with the Spanish.
    • 28' Spain have won this tournament twice before. England have not won it since 1984. Can see why the Spanish are heavy favourites to win this Championship.
    • 27' Spain just a joy to watch as they keep the ball. Smalling happy to knock the ball long. Fernando Hierro also in the stands watching this one.
    • 26' Smalling and Herrera challenge for a ball in the box, but the England defender is penalised.
    • 25' Vital that England get Sturridge and Welbeck involved. They are seeing little or nothing of the ball at the moment.
    • 24' Cleverley picks out Rose with a neat little cross, but he is offside. Better play by England.
    • 23' Thiago on the ball. Attempts a ball through the middle, but it races straight through to Fielding in the England goal.
    • 22' Thiago takes out Walker on a really powerful run down a flank. He is booked for that late one.
    • 21' England manager Fabio Capello watching this one in the stands. Must be a few of these England kids ready for the senior team next term.
    • 20' Nice run by Walker before Cleverley chips the cross into the area. De Gea comes to take with some ease. Fine handling skills.
    • 19' Fielding with a really poor goalkick. Launches the ball straight out of play. Giving possession away cheaply.
    • 18' Lopez and Mata combine. Spain go backwards with as much ease as they go forward. All one-touch stuff at the moment from the Spanish. England getting a working over.
    • 17' Smalling comes to the rescue to prod the ball away from Jeffren's cross. Lovely play from Spain. The locals really enjoying this free-flowing passing game.
    • 16' England need to settle down again in possession. Spain keeping the ball at the back, which they do so well. Looking to pick holes in the England defence with Jeffren and Mata very much to the fore.
    • 15' Bad goal for England to lose. Very sloppy marking in the area. Big ask now for England against a side of this quality.
    • 14' GOAL FOR SPAIN! Herrera arrives at the back post to nod the ball home from Martinez's free header. First attack of the game for Spain and they are ahead.
    • 13' Lovely corner from Cleverley. Smalling meets the corner, but can't get a free header as De Gea saves with some ease.
    • 12' Crowd haven't really come to life in this match. All a bit quiet. Botia concedes a corner from Rose's cross.
    • 11' Mata picks out Lopez, but Walker is alive to the danger as he comes across to make a fine tackle. England have the goalkick.
    • 10' Henderson tries to play in Wellbeck. Lovely ball into the box. Spain deal with that before Henderson is late on Mata. Spain finally get some time on the ball.
    • 9' Jones and Smalling content to play shorter passes rather than knocking it long. That is a good sign for England in these early stage.
    • 8' England playing some nice stuff. Spain yet to really get on the ball. Pitch is perfect for knocking the ball around and England are doing that with some relish.
    • 7' Henderson on the charge for England. Tries to look for Bertrand on the run, but he just overhits the pass as the ball flies out of play.
    • 6' Jeffren with a nice little turn, but Jones is again the man that England look to as he comes across to deal with the threat.
    • 5' Bertrand making a good run up a flank, but he controls the ball with the aid of a hand. England have made an energetic enough start to the evening.
    • 4' Jones takes up a good position to halt the run of Thiago. Superb awareness by the Manchester United new boy.
    • 3' De Gea left in a spot of bother there as Sturridge and Welbeck pressured the ball. Spain just survive that moment. England pressing high up the park.
    • 2' Jone showing a good turn of pace to keep Lopez at bay before rolling the ball back to Fielding, who knocks it long.
    • 1' We are off and running in this one. England get the game underway.
    • 19.42 Teams are on their way out. Spain in traditional red, England in white.
    • 19.40 England coach Stuart Pearce is expecting his side to win this one tonight. "I expect to win the game. Spain surely will expect to win the game too. I think it will be a fantastic advert for Under-21 football, I really do," said Pearce.
    • 19.35 Spain coach Javi Martinez can call on two World Cup-winners in Javi Martinez and Juan Mata, while full internationals Diego Capel and Bojan Krkic are also available. Defenders Cesar Azpilicueta and Martin Montoya have both overcome long-term injuries to return in time for the tournament.
    • 19.30 England have no new injury problems, after Ipswich striker Connor Wickham came through training unscathed after recovering from an ankle injury. England have no new injury problems, after Ipswich striker Connor Wickham came through training unscathed after recovering from an ankle injury.
    • 19.25 The referee is Markus Strombergsson of Sweden.
    • 19.20 Teams are in for this one: Spain U21: De Gea, Montoya, Botia, Dominguez, Didac, Thiago, Javi Martinez, Ander, Mata, Adrian, Jeffren Subs: Mino, Azpilicueta, San Jose, Parejo, Bojan, Diego Capel, Nsue, Jose Angel, Victor Ruiz, Ruben Perez, Muniain, Marino England U21: Fielding, Walker, Smalling, Jones, Bertrand, Cleverley, Henderson, Mancienne, Rose, Welbeck, Sturridge Subs: McCarthy, Muamba, Albrighton, Sinclair, Tomkins, Cork, Lansbury, Rodwell, Delfouneso, Wickham, Steele
    • 19.15 Good evening and welcome to live coverage of England's Euro U21 opener with Spain in Herning.
  • Summary

    • 86' GOAL FOR ENGLAND! Welback slips the ball from Walker's pass. Rodwell was offside, but the goal counts.
    • 71' Didac slips the ball into the path of Montoya who lashes a shot into the side netting. Delightful move by Spain.
    • 57' Superb save from Fielding to nudge Herrera's shot past a post after it had deflected off Smalling. Corner to Spain.
    • 45+1' Super run by Walker. His cross is flicked across goal by Sturridge, but De Gea makes a wonderful diving save to nudge the ball past a post. He was at full stretch to get that behind.
    • 38' Great piece of play by England! Rose throws over a tempting cross, but Sturridge just fails to connect. A lot better by England.
    • 33' Smalling comes across to make a vital tackle on Lopez as he threatened to race clear on goal. Sturridge with a sloppy first touch seconds earlier.
    • 14' GOAL FOR SPAIN! Herrera arrives at the back post to nod the ball home from Martinez's free header. First attack of the game for Spain and they are ahead.
    • 19.20 Teams are in for this one: Spain U21: De Gea, Montoya, Botia, Dominguez, Didac, Thiago, Javi Martinez, Ander, Mata, Adrian, Jeffren Subs: Mino, Azpilicueta, San Jose, Parejo, Bojan, Diego Capel, Nsue, Jose Angel, Victor Ruiz, Ruben Perez, Muniain, Marino England U21: Fielding, Walker, Smalling, Jones, Bertrand, Cleverley, Henderson, Mancienne, Rose, Welbeck, Sturridge Subs: McCarthy, Muamba, Albrighton, Sinclair, Tomkins, Cork, Lansbury, Rodwell, Delfouneso, Wickham, Steele

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Spain U-21

    Manager: Luis Milla

  • England U-21

    Manager: Stuart Pearce

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • D. De Gea
      • M. Montoya
      • A. Botía
      • A. Domínguez
      • Didac
      • J. Martínez
      • Thiago Yellow Card
      • A. Herrera Goal Yellow Card Substitution Out (86′)
      • J. Mata
      • Jeffrén Substitution Out (80′)
      • Adrián Substitution Out (72′)

      Subs

      • D. Capel Substitution In86′
      • Azpilicueta
      • D. Parejo Substitution In72′
      • E. Nsue
      • M. San José
      • R. Pérez
      • Bojan Substitution In80′
      • José Angel
      • D. Marino
      • I. Muniain
      • Víctor Ruiz
      • R. Miño
    • Starting line-up

      • F. Fielding
      • K. Walker
      • C. Smalling
      • P. Jones
      • R. Bertrand
      • J. Henderson
      • M. Mancienne Substitution Out (67′)
      • T. Cleverley Substitution Out (81′)
      • D. Welbeck Goal Yellow Card
      • D. Rose Substitution Out (67′)
      • D. Sturridge

      Subs

      • S. Sinclair Substitution In81′
      • F. Muamba
      • J. Cork
      • J. Steele
      • J. Tomkins
      • N. Delfouneso
      • M. Albrighton
      • H. Lansbury Substitution In67′
      • A. McCarthy
      • C. Wickham
      • J. Rodwell Substitution In67′
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