Spain vs. Norway: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV and Preview for Euro U-21 Match
Only two more matches stand between Spain and a second consecutive title at the European Under-21 Championships.
After a group stage in which they won every match and failed to concede a goal, the Spaniards face off with Norway in the first semifinal of the tournament.
Norway reached the knockout stage after finishing second in Group A. They drew their first match with hosts Israel and third match with Italy. In between, they beat England, 3-1.
Many will probably see this match as nothing more than a minor inconvenience in Spain's road to coronation as champions. However, the Norwegians will be up for this one and present a tough test for Spain—certainly a tougher than their last match.
The winner will meet either Italy or the Netherlands in the final on June 18.
Here's a quick preview of Spain vs. Norway in the U-21 Euros.
When: Saturday, June 15, at 11:30 a.m. ET
Where: Netanya Stadium, Netanya, Israel
Watch: ESPN Classic
Live Stream: ESPN3
Spain Player to Watch: Isco
It's almost unfair to have Isco in this tournament. His quality is so much higher than that of so many other players in this tournament. It says a great deal about Isco's ability that he stands out as much as he does in a Spain squad loaded with young stars.
Against the Netherlands last Wednesday, Isco was a colossus. The Dutch simply had no answer for him. Granted, it was a second-choice squad, but the performance was still impressive.
It was the kind of showing La Liga fans have been seeing for the past couple of seasons. Isco has done so much for Malaga that you forget he's only 21 years old.
There are few better attacking midfielders as young as him. He scored 12 goals and added five assists in 45 Champions League and La Liga appearances.
Norway Player to Watch: Havard Nordtveit
It was good to see Havard Nordtveit in Norway's starting XI against Italy. He's arguably the Norwegians' best player, and it was only his first start of the tournament.
Nordtveit was with Arsenal from 2007-10, but never really got close to making a first-team impact. He spent a few seasons on loan before moving to Borussia Monchengladbach. Arsene Wenger's loss was the Foals' gain.
The 22-year-old has become a very good midfielder/defender for the club, playing just about anywhere on the pitch. He appeared in 31 Bundesliga matches, scoring a goal and assisting on four others.
There's no way Norway can go toe to toe with Spain. They'll have to rely on strong defensive play while getting out on the counter. In order to disrupt the Spanish midfield, Nordtveit will have to be at his best.
Who wins this semifinal?
There's just too much talent in this Spanish squad. They tore apart what was a Netherlands B team in their last match and made it look way too easy. Spain left it late in order to beat Russia and Germany, but they walked away with the win nonetheless.
Julen Lopetegui has an embarrassment of riches in the attack, whether it's Isco, Iker Muniain, Thiago Alcantara or Alvaro Morata. Morata is the man on form right now, scoring in each of Spain's three wins.
Norway have been very good defensively, but they can't match up with Spain. They of course have a chance to win, but they'll have to play the perfect game, while hoping for Spain to slip up.
The Spanish will control possession, causing Norway to run all over the pitch. They'll break down the Norwegians over the course of the match and win this one rather easily.
Spain 3, Norway 0
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