NETANYA (Sporting Alert) — Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea and is fellow Spanish teammates start favourites to beat Norway and progress final of the European Under-21 Championship in their semi-final tonight.
Spain U21 has been the form team at the tournament thus far and is being backed by several pundits to go all the way and lift the trophy.
However, they face a Norway U21 team that is also gifted with talented players and who are confident of causing a shocking upset on the favorites.
De Gea, who is yet to concede a goal at the championship, has so far been a vital part for Spain and the Man United first choice goalkeeper is expected to play another critical role in today’s semis.
The likes of Thiago, Cristian Tello and Isco are also expected to play leading roles in the contest if Spain are to progress.
Amongst the starters to look out for in the Norway setup is striker Joshua King and midfielder Magnus Eikrem.
Spain v Norway
Spain Team: De Gea, Montoya, Bartra, Martínez, Moreno, Illarramendi, Koke, Thiago, Isco, Rodrigo, Tello
SUBS: Mariño, Joel, Muniesa, Álvaro, Carvajal, Camacho, Sarabia, Morata, Muniain, Vázquez, Kastrati
Norway Team: Nyland Haskjold, Strandberg, Hedenstad, Elabdellaoui, Semb Berge, Henriksen, Eikrem, Johansen, Berget, Pedersen, King
SUBS: Østbø, Kongshavn, Linnes, Rogne, Singh, Berisha, Nordtveit, de Lanlay, Konradssen, Ibrahim, Nielsen.