The sub-21 beat Switzerland in additional time and convey their Olympic aim nearer


The Spanish under-21 group gained this Saturday 2-1 in opposition to Switzerland, because of a aim by Juan Miranda in additional time, and certified with uncertainty for the semifinals of the European Championship of the class, which is being performed in Romania and Georgia and that distributes tickets for the Olympic Video games in Paris subsequent yr.

After passing the quarterfinal spherical, because of a slow-cooked triumph on the Giulesti Stadium in Bucharest, Spain will formally fasten its ticket to Paris 2024 if the French group or the England group additionally advance to the penultimate stage of this event.

However reaching that goal meant defeating the Swiss, a activity that the nationwide coach Santi Denia noticed subtle within the first half of the match. In actual fact, the clearest likelihood of hazard didn’t come for Spain till minute 40, when Sergio Gomez was unchecked on the run after an correct by way of ball.

The Manchester Metropolis midfielder moved shortly in entrance of the rival goalkeeper, whom he beat with a refined left foot shot that defender Nicolas Vouilloz cleared for a nook virtually over the road. After the break, and with much less thick concepts, Spain took possession of the ball and Sergio Gomez himself discovered the prize at his insistence.

At 68′, a ball stolen by the Spanish protection fell on the ft of Alex Baena; He lined a couple of meters within the midfield and assisted Abel Ruiz lengthy, low, who tempered and trimmed an opponent to move again, the place the Metropolis participant scored because of a left-footed shot from beneath and deceiving the Swiss goalkeeper together with his gesture .

The coach of the Swiss, Patrick Rahmen, then moved items from the bench to discover a approach to equalize the competition. The minutes handed and it appeared that Spain had its entry to the ‘semis’ effectively tied, however conceded the 1-1 in added time. It was the work of Zeki Amdouni, with a cross shot and already contained in the red-and-gold space.

Every thing had been born from a protracted ball poorly defended by Spain, whose defensive imbalance was taken benefit of by Julian Von Moos to regulate up entrance and help his teammate, who had no mercy to beat Arnau Tenas on his manner out. Regardless of the blow that was alleged to go to additional time, Denia’s pupils rinsed effectively unease.


The ‘Rojita’ had as much as three scoring possibilities shortly after beginning that additional time, the primary of them on the correct boot of Victor Gomez; however the shot from him, to the dash, went over the crossbar. Subsequent, near 2-1, was Abel Ruiz with one other robust proper hand, after a ravishing play by Adri Bernabe within the crown of the realm.

And the third time was the appeal, with some luck within the execution. Within the 103rd minute, Aimar Oroz confronted the pair of central defenders from Switzerland and handed horizontally in the direction of the left aspect, the place Miranda appeared to hit a left-footed shot from the entrance that discovered Lewin Blum and that misled his goalkeeper, crushed to the aspect reverse.

Gabri Veiga, put in a drink a couple of minutes earlier than that 2-1, had the sentence at 108′. Nevertheless, the left-footed shot from the gifted RC Celta participant went simply broad at mid-height. From there till the conclusion, Switzerland didn’t hassle the aim defended by Tenas, so Spain breathed and introduced its problem of Paris 2024 even nearer.


–RESULT: SPAIN, 2 – SWITZERLAND, 1. (0-0, at halftime).


SPAIN: Tenas; Victor Gomez (Veiga, min.100), Paredes, Pacheco, Miranda; Baena (Bernabe, min.78), Blanco (Martinez, min.100); Sancet (Oroz, min.77), Rodri (Barrenetxea, min.87), Sergio Gomez (Gila, min.120); and Abel Ruiz.

SWITZERLAND: Saipi; Blum (Omeragic, min.104), Amenda, Stergiou, Vouilloz; Rieder (Sohm, min.58), Jashari (Bares, min.74); Ndoye (Von Moos, min.86), Imeri (Di Giusto, min.85), Males (Stojilkovic, min.74); and Amdouni.


1-0, min.68: Sergio Gomez.

1-1, min.90+1: Amdouni.

2-1, min.103: Miranda.

–REFEREE: Erik Lambrechts (BEL). He yellow carded Victor Gomez (min.34), Martinez (min.114) and Bernabe (min.119) in Spain, and in addition Imeri (min.27), Bares (min.82), Amenda (min. 118) and Amdouni (min.119) in Switzerland.

–STADIUM: Giulesti Stadium in Bucharest (Romania), 3,861 spectators.