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31.10.2000 at 11:00 Riga Attendance:
Spain 2 - 0 Ireland Under 16
Referee: Zdravko Savic European Qualifier / PROG-match

Andrés Iniesta 46 mins;
Diego León 67 mins;
Opening squads
1 Francisco Escribano Munoz (G)
2 Jesús Fernandez Vazquez
3 Javier Tarantino
4 Carlos García (C)
7 Guillermo Bauza Mayol
9 Pepe
10 Diego León
11 Jaime Gavilán
12 Kiriam Rodriguez Ledesma
16 Alberto Ortiz Blanco
17 Andrés Iniesta
Morgan Cranley
Eddie Keyes
Chris Mc Grath
Stephen Rice
Kiaran Sharkey
Pierre Ennis
Robbie Shields
Paul Keegan
Glen Whelan
Stephen Bradley
Stephen Maguire
13 Miguel Ángel Moyá (G)
5 Melli
6 Manuel Tello Jorge
8 Gorka Larrea
14 Héctor Font
15 Roberto Serrano Aparicio
18 Borja Carballo
Darren Kelly
Conor Kenna
John Fitzgerald
Kilian Brennan
Ian Mc Grane
Joe Salmon
Denis Behan
Gorka Larrea for Jaime Gavilán 70 mins;
@@player2 for Kiriam Rodriguez Ledesma 73 mins
Manuel Tello Jorge for Andrés Iniesta 76 mins
John Fitzgerald -> Chris Mc Grath (54)
Joe Salmon -> Stephen Bradley (54)
Joe Salmon -> Stephen Rice (54)
Yellow cards
Alberto Ortiz Blanco 37 mins;
Jesús Fernandez Vazquez 38 mins;
Jaime Gavilán 48 mins
Robbie Shields (45)
Stephen Rice (53)
Red cards
None None.
Other statistics
0 Shots 0
0 Shots on goal 0
0 Offsides 0
0 Corner kicks 0
0 Free kicks 0
0 Penalties 0
Match report | Preview
Ireland 0 Spain 2

Ireland's u16s failed in their bid to qualify for the European Championship finals when they went down to Spain in the mini-tournament in Riga yesterday.

A 0-0 draw against the hosts, Latvia, on Friday left Brian Kerr's team needing to beat the Spanish - 1-0 conquerors of the Latvians in their first game - to book a place in the finals in England.

But a Spanish goal early in the second half left Ireland chasing the game.

Stephen Bradley had a shot blocked and Robbie Shields of Leeds - singled out by Kerr as Ireland's best player - drew a great save from the Spanish 'keeper before Ireland conceded a second, crucial goal.

"We did not play too badly, but we didn't really do enough in midfield to win the game," Brian Kerr said. "The early goal in the second half put us under enormous pressure. But our lads had one or two chances."

Teams Pld W D L GF GA Pts
Spain 2 2 0 0 3 0 6
Latvia 2 0 1 1 0 1 1
Republic of Ireland 2 0 1 1 0 2 1

Morgan Cranley (Belvedere); Kieran Sharkey (Belvedere), Pierre Ennis (Aston Villa), Chris McGrath (Liverpool), Eddie Keyes (Belvedere), Glen Whelan (Manchester City), Paul Keegan (Leeds Utd), Stephen Rice (Coventry), Stephen Maguire (Belvedere), Stephen Bradley (Arsenal), Robbie Shields (Leeds Utd). Subs: John Fitzgerald (Blackburn) for McGrath 53 mins; Joe Salmon (Lourdes Celtic) for Bradley 53; Ian McGrane (Wolves) for Rice 68.
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