Spain make sure of top spot with Iceland scalp
Spain followed up their emphatic victory against title holders Germany by beating hosts Iceland 2-0 in Kopavogur and cementing their place in the UEFA European Women’s Under-17 Championship semi-finals as Group A winners.
The two-time champions were clear favourites to progress but made certain with a comfortable success over the Icelanders who duly ended their underdog campaign with pride but no points. Patricia Guijarro and Andrea Sierra were the scorers.
Spain took a 17th-minute lead when midfielder Guijarro, wearing the captain’s armband after an impressive performance on matchday two, registered with a nice header after Paula Sancho had knocked on a a cross from the left flank. Pedro López’s team nearly added a quick second only for Leyre Monente to roll her effort against the post with only Ingibjörg Valgeirsdóttir to beat.
Midway through the second period the Iberian side did extend their advantage as defender Andrea Sierra nodded in following a Paula Fernández corner. That was punishment enough for Úlfar Hinriksson’s ensemble, who had one last let-off when Lorena Navarro blazed over after an eye-catching run from Lucía García. The Spaniards, WU17 champions in 2010 and 2011, now take on Group B runners-up France in the last four.
• Spain seal ticket to semis with routine win over hosts
• Goals in each half from Patricia Guijarro and Andrea Sierra do trick
• Nordic nation bow out after three losses
• First in section, Spaniards play France on 1 July at Valsvöllur