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European Under-21 Championship

(ATT 18,000) 15th June 2013 - Kick off 16:30 Ref: Sergiy Boiko

Spain U21 Spain U21 vs Norway U21 Norway U21

Spain U21 3

Rodrigo (45+1)
Isco (87)
A Morata (90+3)

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Spain Under-21 coach Julen Lopetegui says side can still improve after Norway win

Last Updated: 15/06/13 10:06pm

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Julen Lopetegui: Spain coach insists his side can still improve despite cruising into U21 Euro final

Julen Lopetegui: Spain coach insists his side can still improve despite cruising into U21 Euro final

Spain Under-21 coach Julen Lopetegui says that his side can still improve despite reaching the European Under-21 Championship final.

Lopetegui saw his young Spanish team beat Norway Under-21s 3-0 in their semi-final in Netanya.

Goals from Rodrigo, Isco and substitute Alvaro Morata mean that Spain reach another Under-21 final after winning the last tournament and Lopetegui said the whole team deserved credit.

Speaking to Sky Sports 2HD, Lopetegui said: "We are happy with the performance and of course the result. In the second half Norway played well physically and tactically and we have beaten a good team.

"The second goal by Isco came at the perfect time for us but in the first period the Norway goalkeeper was exceptional. This is how football is though and we have progressed.

"At the moment we are tired, we have good players but we still think that we can improve."

Barcelona midfielder Thiago captained the side and he echoed his manager's thoughts.

He added on Sky Sports 2HD: "I think we played well and we are getting better. We are very comfortable playing the Spanish way.

"It's the semi-final and we were a little tired in the second half but the luck is with us.

"It's a final and because we are there we will be happy to play anyone."

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Tables

European Under-21 Championship Group A

European Under-21 Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Italy U21 3 7
2 Norway U21 3 5
3 Israel U21 3 4
4 England U21 3 0

European Under-21 Championship Group B

European Under-21 Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain U21 3 9
2 Holland U21 3 6
3 Germany U21 3 3
4 Russia U21 3 0

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Spain Under-21 coach Julen Lopetegui says that his side can still improve despite reaching the European Under-21 Championship final.