News ID: 313752
Published: 0242 GMT June 09, 2021

Spain draft in under-21s to thrash Lithuania in final friendly before Euros

Spain draft in under-21s to thrash Lithuania in final friendly before Euros
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A Spain side made up of under-21s players claimed a comfortable win against Lithuania in their final friendly before Euro 2020.

No senior players featured after captain Sergio Busquets had tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, BBC reported.

However, the youthful Spain side still had too much for their opponents as they led 2-0 at half-time through goals from Hugo Guillamon and Brahim Diaz.

Juan Miranda made it 3-0 before Javi Puado got a fourth late on.

On Tuesday, Spain announced Leeds defender Diego Llorente had also tested positive for COVID-19 and is isolating.

Both Llorente and Busquets will miss Spain's opening Euro 2020 match against Sweden in Seville.

Opponents Sweden also announced two positive COVID-19 cases on Tuesday – Juventus winger Dejan Kulusevski and Bologna midfielder Mattias Svanberg.

The Spanish squad is currently down to 22 players, who are all training individually in their bubble. A parallel bubble has been set up which includes 11 of those who beat Lithuania.

In that game, 16 players made their Spanish debuts and Eibar winger Bryan Gil – the only previously capped player in the starting XI – became Spain's youngest ever captain at 20 years, 117 days.

It was also the youngest-ever side fielded in their history, with an average age of 22 years and 102 days.

Spain begin their Group E campaign against Sweden in Seville on June 14, before playing Poland (June 19) and Slovakia (June 23).

 

 

   
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