Atleti trio feature in Spain U21 draw

De Gea, Domínguez and Fran Mérida all played tonight

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While most countries were playing unwelcome friendlies shortly before the start of the new league campaigns, three of our first teamers played in an important European qualifying match.

De Gea, Domínguez and Fran Mérida all started for Spain U21 in a 1-1 draw away against Finland.

By not winning today Spain U21 have surrendered first place in their group to Holland, which complicates things for Luis Milla’s men. They now have to hope they finish as one of the four best runners-up to qualify for the Championships next year. The tournament is also used to qualify for the Olympic Games in 2012.

Finland U21 surprisingly took the lead within ten minutes, but Barcelona forward Bojan equalised from the penalty spot after half an hour.

Fran Mérida had two opportunities, but Spain continually found goalkeeper Hradecky in their way.

Mérida was taken off at half time for more fire power, while De Gea and Domínguez completed the ninety minutes.

Meanwhile in Lisbon Uruguay and Angola played a friendly, which was won by the South Americans in the last minutes (2-0). Diego Forlán and Diego Godín were rested, handing the opportunity to Leandro Cabrera to make his debut for his national team. Young Lele will have to wait a little longer to fulfill his dream though, as he didn’t feature tonight.

Sergio Agüero didn’t play in Argentina’s 1-0 win over Ireland, apparently due to an illness. The forward is already in a plane back to Madrid and let us know on Twitter that he plans on training tomorrow.