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Friday 23 March 2018

Alcacer hits brace as Spain take title

Substitute Paco Alcacer hit a double in the second half of extra-time as Spain twice came from behind to overcome the Czech Republic 3-2 in Bucharest last night and claim the European U-19 Championship title for the fifth time.

After an even first half, the Czechs struck first seven minutes after the break through Ladislav Krejci's fierce low shot. Spain, beaten in the 2010 final, pressed hard and got their reward in the 85th minute thanks to Jon Aurtenetxe's opportunistic strike.

Substitute Patrik Lacha restored the Czech lead in the 97th minute, but Alcacer -- top scorer in last year's U-17 finals -- replied 11 minutes later and then decided a gripping contest in Spain's favour in the 115th minute.

Reds stutter again as Valerenga nick draw

Liverpool are without a win in their last three pre-season friendlies after they were held to a 3-3 draw by Valerenga in Oslo.

Kenny Dalglish fielded a strong line-up after suffering 3-0 defeats in his previous two warm-up games, against Hull and Galatasaray, but the Reds were 2-0 down early on after goals from Lars Iver Strand and Fegor Ogude.

Andy Carroll pulled a goal back before half-time and Liverpool looked like they had stolen victory when Daniel Agger scored twice from corners in the final five minutes.

An entertaining game had one final twist though, as Mohammed Fellah struck in injury-time.

Irish Independent

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