Spain, France and Croatia grab spots in the sun
Youth powerhouses Spain and France as well as Croatia that defeated England in the match for third place at the U-16 Euro in England will represent Europe at this years U-17 FIFA World Championship in Trinidad & Tobago.
The last-ever UEFA European Under-16 Championship final match provided immense drama as Spain left it late to overcome the odds and defeat a much-fancied French side in front of a crowd of 31,100 at Sunderland AFC's Stadium of Light.
The only goal of the game came in the 76th minute when Fernando Torres converted from the penalty spot after Julio Colombo was adjudged to have handled the ball by English match official Andy D'Urso. Torres stepped up to coolly slot the ball past Florent Chaigneau in the France goal to give Spain a surprise victory and score his seventh goal in the finals.
Croatia defeated tournament hosts England 4-1 in Durham to claim third place in the UEFA European Under-16 Championship, a result which also provided them with a spot in the upcoming FIFA World Under-17 finals.