Spain suffer but seal passage
A stoppage-time winner from Daniel Aquino earned Spain a dramatic 2-1 win over Syria at the Ulsan Complex Stadium on 22 August and with it a place in the last 16 of the FIFA U-17 World Cup Korea 2007.
Syria began their second Group C match playing with the same uninhibited football as their first, while still competing for every ball. With a good spell of early possession, the Asian side at times committed up to four players in attack. However, once Spain settled and got the measure of the wet pitch, they began to dominate, although without managing many penetrating moves. Both sides had the occasional sniff of goal, but the respective keepers, David De Gea and Ahmad Madnia, answered any questions asked of them.
While the incessant rain eased off after the break, Spain's high-tempo football did not. Camacho and Jordi had already brought fine saves from Madnia by the time Fran Merida put the Europeans ahead on 56 minutes. Iago then missed a great chance for Spain's second and Syria took full advantage, Solaiman Solaiman levelling from the spot after Alex handled in the area.
With De Gea saving his side from a Tamer Haj Mohamd effort, Spain then sneaked all three points when Daniel Aquino side-footed home from about six yards after excellent approach work by Bojan.