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Spain vs. Netherlands: Date, Live Stream, TV Info, Preview for Euro U-21 Match
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The top two teams in Group B will go head to head on Wednesday when Spain and the Netherlands square off in the final group stage matchup of the Euro U-21 Championship in Israel.

Both nations won their first two group matches, each defeating Russia and Germany to secure a berth in the semifinals this June. With both sides already set to advance, Wednesday's match will determine which side wins the group and thus takes on the Group A runner-up in the semis.

The loser will take on the Group A winner in the semis. But a draw would see Germany win Group B because of a better goal differential. 

With the stage set, here we'll get you set for Wednesday's Group B final in Petah Tikva.

 

Where: Petah Tikva Stadium, Israel

When: Wednesday, June 12 at 11:45 a.m. ET

Watch: ESPN Deportes

Live Stream: ESPN3.com

 

Player to Watch for Spain: Alvaro Morata

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Spanish forward Alvaro Morata has become an unstoppable scorer at the Euro U-21 Championship this summer, coming on late to score game-winning goals against Russia and Germany in Spain's previous two Group B wins.

The 20-year-old is the only player on Spain's U-21 squad who has been able to score in Israel this June. That said, all eyes will be glued on No. 12 on Wednesday.

Morata, who has gained big-time experience playing in the Spanish Primera Division with Real Madrid, already gave us an encore against Germany on Sunday, putting Spain ahead in the 86th minute.

Will he do it again against the Dutch?

 

Player to Watch for Netherlands: Leroy Fer

Netherlands reserve midfielder Leroy Fer has developed into a late-game assassin for the Dutch this summer.

Like Alvaro Morata, the 23-year-old Fer has come on as a substitute to score not one, but two late goals in the Netherlands' wins over Germany and Russia. While his injury-time goal against the Russians simply added insult to injury, his 90th-minute strike against Germany in the Group B opener saved the day for the Dutch, giving them a decisive 3-2 advantage.

If Cor Pot decides to bring Fer off the bench late, fans won't want to miss No. 17 in the short amount of time he could be on the pitch. 

 

Key Matchup: Dutch Attack vs. Spanish Midfield/Defense

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The Dutch enter Wednesday's matchup with Spain having scored a ridiculous eight goals through their first two games in Israel. In its Group B opener, the Netherlands poured in three goals. In Sunday's win over Russia, the high-octane attack scored five goals, netting four in the second half.

Therefore, the matchup to watch for on Wednesday will be the one between the Dutch attack and Spain's midfield.

Much like the senior national team, Spain is a phenomenal possession team, holding the ball for 72 percent of the match against Russia and 65 percent of the time against Germany, as pointed out by UEFA.com reporter Simon Hart.

It will be critical that the Spanish continue to win the possession battle against the Dutch on Wednesday. 

The less time and chances the Netherlands have, the less damage it can do offensively. If Spain's midfield isn't able to get the job done, the back four will need to deliver a memorable performance in order to keep the Dutch off the scoreboard.

 

Prediction

What will be the result of Wednesday's Group B finale?

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Expect to see high-level football on Wednesday, even if there aren't a ton of goals. 

While the Netherlands has been impossible to stop thus far at the Euro U-21 Championship, Spain haven't conceded a goal yet and are arguably the top team in this summer's tournament when it comes to maintaining possession and limiting the opposition's scoring chances.

Therefore, fans should anticipate a very competitive match from start to finish. This match won't be nearly as wide open as previous matches in Group B involving the Dutch, but there will be plenty of solid chances given the plethora of talent that will be out there.

The Netherlands' attack is too potent to be held under wraps for 90-plus minutes, and the reigning champions will hold the ball too long not to score. I predict each side will find the back of the net once, resulting in a draw.

Remember, both teams are already through to the knockout stage and will be content to come away with just a point apiece seeing as they are the top two squads in Israel and would meet each in the final either way.

Spain 1, Netherlands 1

 

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