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UEFA U21 Championship

  • June 15, 2011
  • • 17:00
  • • Energi Viborg Arena, Viborg
  • Referee: R. Schörgenhofer
  • • Attendance: 4662
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  • Thanks for joining Goal.com for the LIVE Commentary of Spain versus Czech Republic. Be sure to check out the match report and player ratings!
  • After opening with a solid victory over Ukraine, the Czechs exit the stadium with questions. They must improve if they want to advance. Doing so against England will prove to be difficult. For Spain, the connection of Mata and Adrian was key. Will the creative side continue to dominant possession on Sunday?
  • It was a dominant performance for Spain, who go top of Group B thanks to Adrian's brace. Now with four points, the Spanish will face Ukraine on Sunday. The same day, Czech Republic will take on England.
  • 90' + 3'
    Last minute of stoppage time. Czechs are looking for a consolation goal, but fail to test the goalkeeper as the match comes to an end.
  • 90' + 1'
    Stoppage time now. Spain are close to securing three vital points.
  • 88'
    Substitution Juan Mata Nsue
  • 88'
    On Twitter, Curtis Jones knows who his man of the match is, but he has also been impressed by one Barca youngster: Obviously Adrian has been good but, I've been very impressed with Thiago. First i've seen him play. Heard lots about him
  • 87'
    De Gea, three minutes from time, finally has to make a save. Celustka heads the ball to the right post but the Atletico Madrid star makes a full stretch and palms it out for a corner.
  • 83'
    Substitution Muniain Diego Capel
  • 83'
    Seven minutes plus stoppage time left in Denmark. The Czechs have to move the ball forward. However, the Spanish are not making it easy.
  • 80'
    Yellow Card Ondrej Mazuch
  • 80'
    This one looks to be over. The Czechs have failed to create anything in attack.
  • 77'
    Substitution Adam Hlousek Milan Cerny
  • 77'
    The Czechs are passing the ball in the back. Will they advance?
  • 74'
    Substitution Adrián Parejo
  • 74'
    After a free kick, Botia received the ball in box after a shot from the outside. The defender turned quickly, firing past the post.
  • 73'
    Adrian leaves the pitch to much praise for his stellar brace. Dani Parejo, who signed with Valencia this week, comes on.
  • 71'
    De Gea has to be getting bored in the back. He has not been tested at all.
  • 69'
    Martinez steps in to steal the ball at midfield before charging towards the goal. Instead of taking a shot on goal, the defender looked to find Adrian, but could not deliver the ball.
  • 69'
    Martinez steps in to steal the ball at midfield before charging towards the goal. Instead of taking a shot on goal, the defender looked to find Adrian, but could not deliver the ball.
  • 66'
    Time is ticking for the Czech Republic. Can they find a way back into the match? Set pieces have not worked. With no control of the ball, they must find a way to get a look on goal.
  • 64'
    Martinez is back on the pitch as Spain move forward.
  • 63'
    Substitution Jan Moravek Václav Kadlec
  • 62'
    Yellow Card Libor Kozák
  • 62'
    Martinez receives and elbow to the head from Kozak, who is shown a yellow card. The Athletic Bilbao player walks of the pitch with his hands on his head in pain.
  • 59'
    It looks like a simple game of possession for Spain, who are passing beautifully, much to the frustration of the Czech Republic.
  • 56'
    Thiago fires a shot from distance but can't to keep it down as it soars over the goal.
  • 54'
    The Czechs stop the counter but give the ball right back after sloppy passing.
  • 53'
    Yellow Card Botía
  • 53'
    The wall does it's job, and now Spain are on the counter.
  • 52'
    Botia is shown a yellow after a very hard foul on Moravek at the top of the box. The Czechs have a solid chance here to pull one back.
  • 50'
    The young Spanish side are beginning to resemble the senior squad, passing with ease. They are in full control now.
  • 48'
    Yellow Card Adrián
  • 48'
    What a fine finish by Adrian, who runs to the corner flag with his shirt covering his face as his teammates celebrate along side. Can the Czechs bounce back?
  • 47'
    Goal Adrián
  • 47'
    GOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL SPAIN!!!!!!!! IT'S ADRIAN AGAIN! Another fine pass from Mata finds the striker in the box, who controls with his left foot and checks to his right before knocking the ball in off the far post and into the net!
  • 46'
    Substitution Tomas Pekhart Libor Kozák
  • 46'
    The players are back on the pitch, and the second half is now underway.
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  • The second half is coming up shortly. Spain have command of the contest, but don't want to live with the 1-0 advantage as they did against England. Another goal would certainly make Luis Milla much happier. As for the Czechs, possession is the key. Getting shots on goal will continue to be a struggle if they fail to control the ball.
  • Spain have the lead and deserve it. They have been far superior, but will be frustrated for only having put one into the net.
  • 45' + 1'
    Mata looks to play the ball into the box, but Suchy clears as the half comes to an end with Spain holding the advantage.
  • 45'
    One minute of stoppage time.
  • 43'
    Pekhart with Czech's best chance of the first half. The tall striker sends a powerful shot over the goal, wasting a golden chance.
  • 43'
    Muniain, with the ball on the top of the box, places a shot to the back post that goes just over the bar.
  • 41'
    With the lead, Spain are looking to find a second goal, playing down the left flank. Thiago, again, sends the ball out of bounds with a poor pass.
  • 38'
    Spain settle the ball down and begin to regain control of the contest. The Czechs haven't had the ball in several minutes.
  • 36'
    A series of long clearances by both teams. The Czechs still can't pass the defence of Spain.
  • 33'
    Yellow Card Lukas Vacha
  • 33'
    Vacha was booked and will now miss the next game against England after having already received one against Ukraine.
  • 32'
    Vacha with a very hard foul on Thiago. Now a good chance for Spain, but Thiago wastes the free kick, kicking it out of bounds.
  • 30'
    The tempo clearly belongs to Spain, who are now passing with ease. Muniain uses his pace to enter the box, winning a corner.
  • 28'
    Mata almost finds the net after a solid ball into the box by Vila, but Vaclik is positioned well to make the stop.
  • 27'
    Goal Adrián
  • 27'
    GOLLLLLLLLLLLLLL SPAIN! MATA FILTERS A SOFT BALL INTO THE BOX TO ADRIAN, WHO FINISHES WITH A SIMPLE FINISH TOWARDS THE LEFT POST!
  • 25'
    Yellow Card Juan Mata
  • 25'
    Yellow Card Javi Martínez
  • 23'
    Thiago is fouled hard by Moravek. Adrian receives the ball in the box, performing a little move to beat the defenders but he Czechs will have none of it, stopping the Deportivo La Coruna player.
  • 20'
    Bit of sloppy play by Spain, who are failing to maintain constant possession.
  • 17'
    Mata fouled by Vacha from behind. Free kick is sent in by the Valencia player, but Vaclik punches it out with power.
  • 15'
    The Czechs give up possession, again. Can't seem to get into a rhythm in the opening 15 minutes.
  • 14'
    Spain are moving the ball well, switching fields into space as they continued to push forward.
  • 12'
    Spanish are clearly dominating possession now. Muniain wins the free kick for his side, but Vaclik snags the ball in the air with ease.
  • 9'
    Nearly a goal for the Spanish! A clever play in the box by Munain, who filtered the pass towards goal. It landed at the feet of Ander, who found Mata, but the Valencia star could not put it away as the Czech's managed to dodge an early bullet.
  • 6'
    Impressive change of tempo as the Czech Republic begin to control the ball in Spain's half of the pitch.
  • 5'
    The Czechs looking to play the long ball. Hlousek wins a corner after battling for the ball as it charged towards the end line.
  • 3'
    Gecov with an early foul. Has to be careful. One yellow card for him and he will miss the team's next contest against England.
  • 2'
    Spain earn an early corner. Thiago swings it in, but the ball is cleared, falling right to the feel of the Barcelona youngster, who is unable to make the most of a second chance to cross it into the box.
  • 1'
    Here we go. The game is now underway.
  • Be sure to stick with Goal.com for coverage of England and Ukraine, who will play their second game of the competition.
  • Spain will be in their white kits, Czech Republic in red.
  • Spain's lineup: De Gea; Dominguez, Torralbo, Vila, Botia; Martinez, Ander, Alcantara; Muniain Adrian, Mata.
  • Czech Republic's lineup: Vaclik; Lecjaks, Mazuch, Celustka, Suchy; Vacha, Dockal, Moravek, Gecov, Hlousek; Pekhart.
  • At the moment, the Czechs sit alone in first place in Group B with three points, having defeated Ukraine 2-1 on Sunday. Spain are tied with England in second place with one point after the Iberians tied the English 1-1 on the same day.
  • Welcome everyone to Goal.com's live coverage of Czech Republic versus Spain at the European Under-21 Championship. Stay here for live updates on today's clash between two of the competition's strongest sides. I'm Roger Gonzalez, and I'll be providing updates from the battle in Denmark.