|Croatia u19||-||Spain u19|
Alain Black was promoted after three years on the international list, but in this match he didn't show why.
Black was black
One Latin phrase says: "Nomen est omen" (the name is a sign) and Alain Black in this match confirmed that. On this level of competition I expect the refereeing to be almost without mistakes. When a referee can't show his best in these youth matches, what to expect when he gets more demanding ones.
Alain Black could show his best referring in this match, which was an easy one for him and a little heavier for his assistants, who were the better part of this team. His second assistant disallowed a Croatian goal correctly, though the situation was very close. Black was far more inconsistent in his foul detection and all his decisions were on the Spanish side. He also failed to allow a few advantages. After his poor performance in the whole match, he made one fatal mistake in Croat favor in stoppage time: he ended the match in a goal scoring opportunity for Spain. Unbelievable.
The Croatian team had only seven days of preparations, so this result was just fine for them. though they scored first with fantastic goal, they couldn't defend against the Spanish "tick-tack" football.