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UEFA U19 Championship

  • July 30, 2010
  • • 18:00
  • • Stade Michel d'Ornano, Caen
  • Referee: S. Studer
  • • Attendance: 20188

UEFA Under-19 Championships: France 2-1 Spain: Kakuta Magic Wins Final For Hosts

UEFA Under-19 Championships: France 2-1 Spain: Kakuta Magic Wins Final For Hosts

The home side produced the goods against the much-fancied Spaniards...

France produced a superb second-half performance in Caen to lift their second UEFA Under-19 Championship title.

Spain silenced the home crowd however and took a deserved lead after 17 minutes. Oriel Romeu dispossessed Gael Kakuta before giving the ball to Dani Pacheco and the Liverpool starlet then played a superb through pass to Rodrigo Moreno Machado who got beyond Sebastien Faure. Though the angle was against him, he took advantage of Abdoulaye Diallo's poor positioning and struck home with an accurate left-foot shot.

Spain almost doubled their lead when a clumsy Faure backpass put Diallo under pressure. The goalkeeper miscontrolled the ball before Faure atoned for his error with a last-gasp challenge on Rodrigo after Sergio Canales had fluffed his lines.

And how vital that was to be as four minutes into the second half, Gilles Sunu played a one-two with substitute Yannis Tafer and he kept his cool to dink the ball over a helpless Alex.

With six minutes to go, Kakuta showed just why Chelsea went to such lengths to sign him with a blistering run through the Spanish defence. Despite having his shot saved, he had the presence of mind to cross the rebound for Alexandre Lacazette to head home the winner.

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