Mata inspires Spain
Two goals from Juan Mata saw Spain beat Ukraine 3-0 as they eased into the semi-finals of the Euro Under-21 Championship.
By Graeme Bailey - Tweet me: @skygraemebailey
Last Updated: 19/06/11 10:04pm
Two goals from Juan Mata saw Spain beat Ukraine 3-0 as they eased into the semi-finals of the European Under-21 Championship.
Whilst England were bowing out in Viborg, Spain's youngsters maintained their unbeaten status with a comfortable win in Herning.
Valencia star Mata opened the scoring after just ten-minutes as he latched onto an error from Serhiy Kryvtsov and slotted home.
On the half-hour Spain doubled their advantage when Adrian slotted home his third goal of the tournament after great work from Thiago.
Into the second-half and things when from bad to worse for Ukraine as Denys Garmash was sent-off for his foul on Mata - who picked himself to convert the resulting penalty.
Ukraine were awarded their own spot-kick a few minutes later when David de Gea brought down Roman Zozulya.
The Manchester United-bound keeper was booked for his challenge, but he made amends as he saved Yevhen Konoplyanka's tame effort.
Spain now progress to the last four where they will face Belarus.