REPORT | Spain struggles to make it past the Georgian defense (1-1)

Estadio Luis Rodríguez Salvador (Cartaya, Huelva) 26 Mar 2016
Héctor Rubio
The Spanish side had several chances but could not make it past the draw. The team will play its third and final match against England

The Spanish U19 squad jumped onto the pitch at the Luis Rodríguez Salvador de Cartava Stadium with the intention of imposing its game from the start. With two chances in the first five minutes Spain tried to get ahead but it was Georgia who got the lead with a goal by Bidzinashvili in 7'. 

España no es impacientó tras el varapalo y siguió buscando la portería rival con ahínco. Ontiveros mandó un balón al palo en el minuto 12' y Carles Aleñá probó desde la frontal, sin suerte, en la siguiente jugada.

Spain did not waste time and Onitveros hit the post in the 12' and Carles Alenya went for the goal in the following play, without much luck. Luis de la Fuente's men continued seeking the equalizer. Borja Mayoral hit the post after a header, but managed to net the equalizer moments later after picking up a lost ball from Goshadze ahead of half time. 

When the match resumed, the Spanish side controlled the match with ball control and increasing the match's tempo. Little by little the Spanish squad got closer to their opponent's goal but the solid defense made it difficult. 

Despite countless chances the scoreboard stayed the same, giving both teams a point. Spain will have to battle for a place in the EURO final stages in their final game against England. 

Line-up: Juan Soriano, Amo, Meré (C), Caricol, Buñuel; Rivera, Canós (Lato 46' - Poveda 74')), Aleñá; Ontiveros, Mayoral y Oyarzabal (Montiel 54)

Head Coach: Luis de la Fuente
Line-up: Goshadze, Chachua, Ardazishvili, Lochoshvii, Artmeladze (Kiknadze 81'), Mamuchashvili (C), Mikeltadze, Bidzinasvili, Komakhidze y Samurkasovi (Beridze 76').

Head Coach: Goerge Kipiani
0-1 Bidzinashvili (7')
​1-1 Borja Mayoral (42')
Fyodor Zammit (MLT)
Jurgen Spiteri (MLT)
Hicham Zakrani (FRA)
​Frank Schneider (FRA)

The referee booked: Artmeladze, Mamuchashvili for Georgia and  Carles Aleñá, Jorge Meré for Spain  
U19 Elite Round, Second match 
Luis Rodríguez Salvador Stadium