The Spanish Under-21 team finished the European qualification phase just as it started and in the same way as almost all the games it has played: by winning. Luis de la Fuente’s men defeated a sterile Israel thanks to goals from Roberto López, Barrenetxea and Moncayola to complete an almost perfect classification. Nine wins and a draw for La Rojita in ten games, in which they have only conceded one goal.
Marbella hosted the last match of the qualifying phase of a Spanish team that arrived at the match with the ticket to the European Championship from Hungary and Slovenia already in their pocket. Further, he was facing an Israel that a few hours before playing the match knew that it was mathematically eliminated. A priori, nothing was at stake on the lawn of the Marbella Municipal Stadium, but only on paper: the Israelis came out to win and the eleven players chosen by Luis de la Fuente to continue to convince the coach to win a place on the list of the next European.
Spain did not come out very plugged and he was barely able during the first 45 minutes to disturb the goal defended by Tzur. In fact, we had to wait fifteen minutes to see the first approach of the Spanish team, in the boots of an Óscar Rodríguez who tried his luck showing off his great shot. La Rojita improved somewhat as the minutes passed, putting Israel in trouble more assiduously thanks to Javi Puado and Bryan Gil, the most intoned in the local team. But nevertheless, the under-21s were unable to score and the game came to half-time scoreless after a first half between yawns.
Little until Brahim appeared
Little changed the encounter in the resumption of the game in Marbella. Spain continued to monopolize possession, although it was hardly capable of harming the Israelis. The party called for a revolution and this was understood by Luis de la Fuente, who took Óscar Rodríguez y Puado off the field to give entry to Fran Beltrán and Brahim Díaz. Precisely, the player on loan from Real Madrid to Milan was in charge of changing the course of the match in the 62nd minute, when he was clearly knocked down in the area after a great team move.
Everything seemed to indicate that Brahim was going to be in charge of launching it, but from the bench there were indications for Roberto López to assume the maximum penalty. The Real Sociedad striker did not fail, who continues to make merits to be on the definitive list for the European Championship and become the main offensive reference. Spain took the lead on the scoreboard and the ninth victory was within reach.
From both the Spanish, the dominance of the premises was even greater. With an Israel incapable of disturbing a Josep Martínez who was barely mentioned during the 90 minutes, Spain arrived more easily and that is how the sentence arrived. Barrenetxea, another Real Sociedad player, completed a great against the Spanish to beat Tzur and sentence the last qualifying match to the European.
When everything seemed that the game was going to end with 2-0 on the scoreboard, Jon Moncayola joined the party with a great blow from outside the area that escaped the Israeli goalkeeper’s hands. A win for Spain to close an almost perfect European qualification: just one goal in ten games in which they have only given up a draw.