Wednesday June 12, 2013 Group Stage: Group B Finished HaMoshava Stadium

Spain U-21 3 - 0 Netherlands U-21

  • Morata 26’
  • Isco 32’
  • Vázquez 90’

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  1. Euro U21 - Isco shines as Spain beat the Netherlands to top group

    Euro U21 - Isco shines as Spain beat the Netherlands to top group

    Holders Spain outclassed the Netherlands with a comfortable 3-0 win to top Group B of the U21 Euros in Petach-Tikva. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Spain U-21
    • Netherlands U-21
    • 90+1' The referee ends the match with barely any stoppage time, and it's been an exemplary performance from the swaggering Spain, who have beaten the Netherlands very comfortably by three goals with Morata, Isco and Vazquez all on target for the holders! They next take on Norway, while the Dutch take on Italy in the semi-finals. Thanks for joining us.
    • 90' GOAL! It's three for Spain as the substitute Vazquez adds a final flourish from Sarabia's square delivery, and it's a cool finish to round off a convincing performance from the holders!
    • 89' De Gea makes another fine save to deny the Dutch, and Maher cannot believe that his effort is repelled!
    • 87' The Netherlands are ending the match strongly with a good period of possession, and Spain are on the back foot now.
    • 85' Carvajal attempts his luck from 25 yards, and that's a cracking effort from him! It would have been a superb goal had it dipped slightly earlier.
    • 83' Spain look rock solid at the back, and the service for Depay and Hoesen has not been good enough this evening.
    • 82' The tempo of the match has slowed considerably now in the closing stages as both sides are content to settle for the scoreline.
    • 81' Alcantara's Barcelona team-mate Muniesa, who is predominantly a defender, is sitting a touch further forward now.
    • 79' Germany now lead Russia 2-1 at the Netanya Stadium courtesy of Rudy's 69th minute penalty.
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    • 77' Thiago Alcantara is replaced now as the captain comes off and Marc Muniesa makes his entrance.
    • 75' Vazquez brings a high ball down superbly with a perfect first touch, but he loses his balance as the challenge comes in.
    • 73' Spain are ending this match very strongly despite having the game in control and with changes made.
    • 71' Morata has been very good today, and he puts van der Hoorn under real pressure with his pace in the final third.
    • 70' Maher and Jozefzoon combine to good effect outwide on the right, and the pair are looking bright.
    • 69' Vilhena is replaced by Adam Maher as the Dutch make their first change now.
    • 67' Illarramendi sends Vazquez clear once more, and the sub is looking extremely dangerous with his pace.
    • 65' What a run from Vazquez, and he almost adds a third for Spain, only for Bizot to tip the ball wide superbly with a reflex stop!
    • 63' Spain's substitutes are all warming up now and further changes will surely be made to rest star players ahead of the semi-finals.
    • 61' Isco is now given a rest as Alvaro Vazquez is introduced to proceedings, and his second goal has lit up the match.
    • 59' Spain are back in control now after a frantic period of play with that strike from Depay a real scare.
    • 58' Patrick Herrmann has cancelled out Alan Dzagoev's opener with Germany now 1-1 with Russia.
    • 56' Depay hits the crossbar! It's a stunning strike from the forward as he gets a free kick from 25 yards out to swerve late, and De Gea makes a very fine fingertip save to deflect the ball against the crossbar!
    • 54' The Netherlands are coming back into the match now as Fer and Vilhena combine to good effect.
    • 52' No, that's it for Camacho as he fails to run off the injury, and he's replaced by Asier Illarramendi.
    • 51' Camacho returns to the field, and he's looking much more sprightly after a spot of treatment.
    • 49' Sarabia and Camacho exchange passes in midfield, and the pair are dictating things now.
    • 47' Oh dear - Ignacio Camacho goes down injured after a nasty fall, and he is helped off the field looking in real pain.
    • 46' The second half is under way at the Ha Moshava Stadium, and Spain are quickly on the ball.
    • 45' The referee decides to blow up without any added time at the end of the first half, and Spain lead 2-0 very comfortably with the Netherlands thoroughly outclassed.
    • 44' Isco really is running the show for Spain in this first half, and he sweeps another majestic pass out to the left flank.
    • 43' Finally the Netherlands have some of the ball as Nuytinck comes forward from the back, but his pass for Hoessen is misplaced.
    • 42' Carvajal exchanges passes with Isco to good effect before he slides a through ball wide of his intended target, which was Morata.
    • 41' Leroy Fer makes a fine challenge on Muniain, but Spain are all too quickly back on the ball and on the front foot.
    • 39' Isco shows his class once more with a precise through ball to Thiago, but he's just ruled offside! That was superb.
    • 37' Thiago drives a low shot wide, and Spain are all over their opponents with incessant possession.
    • 36' Spain have had 60 per cent of the ball so far in this first half, and after a bright start the Dutch have faded pretty poorly.
    • 35' Muniain and Camacho keep the ball patiently in the Spain half, and they are in complete control now.
    • 34' Morata apologises to the referee as he ignores the whistle for offside and goes ahead with his shot.
    • 33' It's all Spain now as they keep the ball serenely in the Netherlands half.
    • 32' GOAL! Isco sprints through and dinks a sublime finish beyond a helpless Bizot, and he doubles Spain's lead! It's a gorgeous goal from the 21-year-old, who showed real composure to put it away.
    • 31' Glorious chance! Berridi Inigo Martinez slips crucially in the Spain box and is very nearly punished but for a fine stop from David De Gea as Mike van der Hoorn is denied from all of six yards out! He really should have scored from there.
    • 29' The Netherlands immediately respond with a good spell of possession in the Spain half.
    • 27' That really was the first clear-cut chance of the match for Spain, and Morata and Sarabia combined superbly.
    • 26' GOAL! Alvaro Morata puts Spain in front with a simple tap in at the back post to convert from a sumptuous pass from Pablo Sarabia! Spain are in front in the first half, and the Netherlands will now need to take the initiative to respond.
    • 25' Spain are beginning to dominate the possession now as they stroke the ball around in the Dutch half.
    • 23' Depay is penalised for a slight push on Carvajal as a deep cross comes over from Jozefzoon, and he's furious with the referee as that would have been a good chance.
    • 22' What an effort from Alvaro Morata! The Spain forward jinks inside from the left before curling a devilish effort towards the far corner of the net, but it drifts agonisingly wide with Marco Bizot concerned in the Dutch goal.
    • 20' Depay and Hoesen continue to pressure the Spain defenders, but both have yet to be presented with a chance.
    • 19' CHANCE! Florian Jozefzoon flies through on goal after being put through by Tonny Vilhena, but he scuffs his effort from wide out on the right as De Gea sprints out to pressure him into the shot!
    • 17' Morata almost manages to get a shot away on the edge of the Netherlands box, but he is eventually crowded out.
    • 16' Clasie continues to drop deep and link up the play for the Netherlands, and he's having to pick the ball up from the defenders.
    • 15' Spain keep the ball around the edge of the Netherlands box, but again the move breaks down as Vilhena intervenes.
    • 13' Camacho wins a free kick in midfield after dispossessing Vilhena, and Spain can build from deep.
    • 12' The Netherlands are now keeping the ball very well in midfield, and Spain are having to chase shadows now.
    • 11' Thiago opts to whip over a free kick into the box, but Morata cannot quite get on the end of the delivery.
    • 10' Bizot patrols his area effectively as he races out to deny Thiago a run at goal with a hopeful through ball not quite finding its target.
    • 9' Nuytinck commits a foul on Sarabia as the play continues to be a bit scrappy, and neither side have created a chance as yet.
    • 7' Memphis Depay shows his pace as he outstrips Carvajal down the Netherlands left, but his control ends up letting him down.
    • 6' Nuytinck slides in to challenge Muniain in the Netherlands' half, and another foul leaves the Spain bench pretty infuriated.
    • 5' Spain have Thiago furthest forward for now as the Netherlands stroke the ball around without any real urgency, and the match has started at a very slow tempo.
    • 4' The Netherlands have been slow to get going so far, but they enjoy some good possession at the back through van Aanholt and Clasie, in particular.
    • 3' Kelvin Leerdam clatters into Nacho on halfway, and the Spaniard falls pretty nastily. He gets to his feet gingerly.
    • 2' De Gea is playing on the edge of his box as Spain continue to keep the ball comfortably at the back, and the Netherlands are content to sit off for now.
    • 1' The first half is under way at the Ha Moshava Stadium, and Spain keep the ball at the back from the outset.
    • 16:55 The players come out of the tunnel, and we will now have the national anthems before we get under way.
    • 16:50 The Netherlands have already scored eight goals in their first two matches of the campaign, while the holders Spain have only found the net twice but with two clean sheets to boast of.
    • 16:45 The teams are in: Spain: De Gea, Carvajal, Alvaro, Martinez, Nacho, Sarabia, Camacho, Muniain, Isco, Morata, Thiago. Subs: Marino, Montoya, Illarramendi, Bartra, Koke, Rodrigo, Tello, Muniesa, Moreno, Vazquez, Robles. /// Netherlands: Bizot, Leerdam, van der Hoorn, Nuytinck, Van Aanholt, Clasie, Vilhena, Fer, Jozefzoon, Hoesen, Depay. Subs: Zoet, Van Rhijn, De Vrij, Martins Indi, Blind, Strootman, De Jong, Maher, John, Wijnaldum, van Ginkel, Marsman
    • 16:45 Both sides have six points already on the board after two opening victories, with Germany and Russia both having lost their games so far. The two sides lock horns at the Netanya Stadium in the group's other match.
    • 16:40 Welcome to live text commentary of the Group B match between Spain and the Netherlands at the U21 Euros in Israel.
  • Summary

    • 90' GOAL! It's three for Spain as the substitute Vazquez adds a final flourish from Sarabia's square delivery, and it's a cool finish to round off a convincing performance from the holders!
    • 89' De Gea makes another fine save to deny the Dutch, and Maher cannot believe that his effort is repelled!
    • 65' What a run from Vazquez, and he almost adds a third for Spain, only for Bizot to tip the ball wide superbly with a reflex stop!
    • 56' Depay hits the crossbar! It's a stunning strike from the forward as he gets a free kick from 25 yards out to swerve late, and De Gea makes a very fine fingertip save to deflect the ball against the crossbar!
    • 32' GOAL! Isco sprints through and dinks a sublime finish beyond a helpless Bizot, and he doubles Spain's lead! It's a gorgeous goal from the 21-year-old, who showed real composure to put it away.
    • 31' Glorious chance! Berridi Inigo Martinez slips crucially in the Spain box and is very nearly punished but for a fine stop from David De Gea as Mike van der Hoorn is denied from all of six yards out! He really should have scored from there.
    • 26' GOAL! Alvaro Morata puts Spain in front with a simple tap in at the back post to convert from a sumptuous pass from Pablo Sarabia! Spain are in front in the first half, and the Netherlands will now need to take the initiative to respond.
    • 22' What an effort from Alvaro Morata! The Spain forward jinks inside from the left before curling a devilish effort towards the far corner of the net, but it drifts agonisingly wide with Marco Bizot concerned in the Dutch goal.
    • 19' CHANCE! Florian Jozefzoon flies through on goal after being put through by Tonny Vilhena, but he scuffs his effort from wide out on the right as De Gea sprints out to pressure him into the shot!
    • 16:45 The teams are in: Spain: De Gea, Carvajal, Alvaro, Martinez, Nacho, Sarabia, Camacho, Muniain, Isco, Morata, Thiago. Subs: Marino, Montoya, Illarramendi, Bartra, Koke, Rodrigo, Tello, Muniesa, Moreno, Vazquez, Robles. /// Netherlands: Bizot, Leerdam, van der Hoorn, Nuytinck, Van Aanholt, Clasie, Vilhena, Fer, Jozefzoon, Hoesen, Depay. Subs: Zoet, Van Rhijn, De Vrij, Martins Indi, Blind, Strootman, De Jong, Maher, John, Wijnaldum, van Ginkel, Marsman

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Spain U-21

    Manager: Julen Lopetegui

  • Netherlands U-21

    Manager: Cor Pot

  • Line-up

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    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
      8.8 8
      Defenders
      7.4 7
      6.9 6
      7.5 6
      7.5 6
      Midfielders
      Substitution Out52′ 8 6
      8.6 7
      6.3 7
      Strikers
      Goal Substitution Out62′ 8.9 8
      Substitution Out80′ 8.3 7
      Goal Yellow Card 8.6 8
      Subs
      Substitution In80′ 6.8 6
      Substitution In52′ Yellow Card 6 7
      Substitution In62′ Goal 4.7 7
    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
      - 7
      Defenders
      - 6
      - 6
      - 7
      5.5 6
      Midfielders
      7 7
      Substitution Out71′ - 7
      Yellow Card 5.5 6
      Strikers
      - 7
      - 6
      Yellow Card 5.5 6
      Subs
      Substitution In71′ 5.5 6

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  1. Good play by the Spaniards!

    From siyazi, on Wed 12 Jun 21:58
  2. This U21 Spanish team will slaughter the U21 English­ team, AND the English first team at that.

    From Olly W, on Wed 12 Jun 18:24
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    Even at this level, the Spanish dive around like little­ fairies.

    From Pigeon Toe'd Orange Peel, on Wed 12 Jun 18:13
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