The Spanish Under-21 side beat France last night in their friendly game in Benidorm, when a goal in each half was enough to beat the visitors 2-0. Newcastle players Jose Enrique and Charles Nâ€™Zogbia both played the full game for their countries, Spain and France respectively.
Enrique and N’Zogbia – both played the full 90 minutes yesterday
This game was meant to be a warm up when the full sides meet today at Malaga in Spain. The goal scorers last night were Sisi in the 36th minute and Arsenalâ€™s Dabo scored an own goal for France in the 49th minute.
RenÃ© Girard’s France side fell behind to a strike from Real Valladolid CF midfielder Sisinio and then Spain made the game safe shortly after half time when Mouhamadou Dabo scored an own goal when put under pressure from Diego Capel.
Spain, who top Group 4, resume their 2009 UEFA European Under-21 qualifying campaign on 26 March at home to Kazakhstan, while France, third in Group 10, are next at home to Malta on 6 September.
Qualifying for the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship kicked off on 31 May 2007 and will run until 15 October 2008. The final tournament takes place from 15 to 29 June 2009 in Sweden.
There are two stages to the qualifying competition, a group stage followed by play-offs to determine the seven nations that will join Sweden, who qualify automatically as hosts, at the eight-team final tournament.
England Under-21 look certain to qualify for the play-offs having taken 19 points from their first 7 games in their group, with an easy 3-0 win last night at St. Maryâ€™s stadium in Southampton in front of a crowd of over 31,000.
James Milner scored the second England goal and was England’s outstanding player, and Steven Taylor was a rock at the heart of Englandâ€™s defense. Here’s our report of the game.
And finally, here are the line-ups for both teams for last nightâ€™s game in Benidorm:
Roberto (Casilla, 61min), Torres (Arzo, 41min), Sergio SÃ¡nchez (Javier GarcÃa, 46min), TorrejÃ³n (Canella, 61min), Jose Enrique, Angel, RaÃºl GarcÃa (Susaeta, 46min), Sisi (Mata, 46min), Capel, Granero Xisco (AdriÃ¡n, 61 min).
Jourdren, Dabo, Kaboul, Bellaid (Louvion, 46min), N’Zogbia, Cabave (Matuidi, 62min), Modeste (Bonet, 57min), Remy, Chantome, (Gourkuff, 46min), Goufran (Marveaux, 80min), Gakpe (Dia, 46min).
Goals: 1-0, 36min Sisi. 2-0, 49min Dabo, own goal.