Newcastle United’s 22 year old Spanish striker Xisco came off the bench to play an important role in an amazing Spanish comeback last night in Murcia.
Xisco – sparked comeback with second half headed goal
Spain were playing Switzerland in Murcia, Spain, in the playoffs for the European Under-21 Championships to start next June in Sweden, and they were behind 2-1 from the first leg
The Spaniards surprisingly fell even further behind when midfielder Shkelzen Gashi scored after just 25 minutes last night to put Spain 3-1 down.
After the interval Newcastle’s Xisco was brought on, and within just 6 minutes of the restart Xisco scored a good goal, with a looping header and on aggregate Spain were 3-2 behind.
But then in the 5th minute of injury-time Recreativo winger Sisinio volleyed home to send the game into extra time. 5 minutes of injury time, with the game being played in Spain looks a bit dodgy to us, and we expect the Swiss team were a little upset at that.
But then with just 8 minutes of extra time to be played, and the game presumably headed for a penalty shoot out, Raul Garcia completed the comeback to score the winning goal.
Spain are now through to the finals, winning the tie 4-3 on aggregate, after being 3-1 down on aggregate last night. England are also through, so both Newcastle’s Steven Taylor and Xisco will be playing next summer in Sweden.
We’ll now need to watch both the England and Spanish games next summer, to check on how the lads are doing.