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June 15, 2013 4:30 PM BST
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Spain U21-Norway U21 Preview: Another final beckons for La Rojita

Julen Lopetegui will be hoping his Spanish youngsters can continue their impressive showing in the competition and book their place in the final

By Harry Slavin

UEFA European U21 Championships : Spain v Netherlands, Isco
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Spain go into their European Under-21 Championship semi final against Norway on Saturday as firm favourites to reach the final for the second successive tournament.

Julen Lopetegui’s side are currently on a staggering 24-match unbeaten run at this level and the 2011 champions won all three of their group stage encounters without conceding a single goal.

Malaga midfielder Ignacio Camacho is the only injury doubt for la Roja after limping off against the Netherlands with a sprained ankle but is expected to recover in time for the semi-final showdown.

Group A runners up Norway are the tournament’s surprise package having booked their place in the final four at the expense of England and hosts Israel.

Like their opponents, the Scandinavians came through the group stages unbeaten and Tor Ole Skullerud has a fully fit squad to choose from after making nine changes for their 1-1 draw with Italy in Tel Aviv.


  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Spain are looking to retain the championship having won the 2011 tournament in Denmark.
  • La Roja have won the Under-21 Championships three times in their history – only Italy (5) have won it on more occasions.
  • Alvaro Morata (pictured, right) is the tournaments top scorer with three goals, having netted in every group match.
  • Norway have never reached a final at any age group in Uefa competitions.

  • Their best performance at Under-21 level was a semi final appearance in 1998 – where they lost to Spain.
  • Harmeet Singh is the most experienced Under-21 player at this year’s tournament, winning 37 caps for Norway at this level.



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UEFA European U21 Championship ‎(EU21)‎ Jun 15, 2013 Spain Under 21 3 - Norway Under 21 0
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Available Squads
1David de GeaGoalkeeper
12MontoyaDefender
-BartraDefender
-Íñigo MartínezDefender
-AlbertoDefender
-Asier Illarramendi
-KokeMidfielder
34Thiago AlcántaraMidfielder
15IscoMidfielder
9RodrigoStriker
16TelloStriker
18Diego MariñoGoalkeeper
-Joel
-Nacho Fernández
15MuniesaDefender
-Álvaro
20Daniel CarvajalDefender
-Camacho
17Pablo SarabiaMidfielder
12MorataStriker
19MuniainStriker
-Álvaro
Players to Watch
Morata
Morata
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 12
Games Goals YC RC
6 8 1 0
The Real Madrid starlet has proven his case for a starting berth in Spain's attack by bailing his side out twice in the group stages with late goals. He also found the net in their comprehensive 3-0 victory over the Netherlands and expect him to be amongst the goals once more if he gets the nod ahead of Benfica's Rodrigo.
Fredrik Semb Berge
Fredrik Semb Berge
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The centre-back has already had a tournament to remember. The Odd Greenland man is part of a team that has equalled its country's best ever performance in a European Under-21 Championship and he netted his first ever goal at this level in Norway's 3-1 drubbing of England. However it will be his defensive ability that is thoroughly tested by Spain's attack at Netanya Stadium.
Prediction
Norway have shown a lot of heart with their performances so far - fighting back with 10 men to snatch a draw with Israel and coming seconds away from a memorable victory against Italy - but it will take more than team spirit to derail Spain's route to the final. The holders have yet to concede a goal and that probably won't change in a comfortable victory in Netanya for Lopetegui's side.
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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Arkadiusz Milik Arkadiusz Milik
Striker
FC Augsburg
9 0
Morata Morata
Striker
Real Madrid
8 1
Marcelo Brozović Marcelo Brozović
Midfielder
Dinamo Zagreb
7 1
Munas Dabbur Munas Dabbur
Striker
Grasshopper
7 0
Emil Atlason Emil Atlason
Striker
7 0