Spanish football has a bright future. A great display by the under 19 team, particularly in the first half.
The Spaniards were great, dominating the field throughout the first half, albeit having just a slander lead (1-0) at half-time. After second-half kick-off, the Russians had a spell of very good football, but then, around the 60th minute, the Spaniards reasserted themselves and sailed to a certain victory. Just to mention some of the brighter among them: for and foremost Dani Ceballos the engine behind their success who provided a perfect pass for the scorer of the second goal, their captain Jesus Vallejo, and the scorer of the first goal Borja Mayoral. But for me, the best, shining above everyone else, was Russia's goalkeeper Anton Mitryushkin. But for him, blocking about half a dozen dangerous shots or headers, the score would have been much higher, representing more clearly what was going on during the game.
Not difficult yet raising some doubts
The game was officiated by a trio composed of an English referee and ars from Denmark and Serbia. The referee, Mr. Anthony Taylor had a very good first half, through which he had very little to worry about and whistle for. His main problem, applying sensibly and correctly the advantage rule, was exacerbated in the second half (23', 48', 49', 54', 70'). The other salient characteristic which didn't yield a good outcome was his unwillingness or rather inability to talk to these young kids - he didn't sort out, explain or admonish, and instead was quick to show the yellow card to three Russians for not too heavy fouls. On the other hand, if severity was the name of the game, the sole burst of brutality came from a Spaniard, Leiva (incidentally, the scorer of the second goal) who retaliated by kicking the shin of a Russian player long after the ball was played from their vicinity (90'+1'). The ref spotted the infringement, but probably because it was a Final and they were reaching the end of it, resorted to a yellow and not to the other card. As for the ars: the Russian goalie saved his team stopping shots before, on and off the goal-line, but in the 14th minute, when the match was yet scoreless, it could be he even saved the Russians behind the goal-line. First he blocked a header on his goal-line but fell deeply behind it, when another Spaniard's shoulder diverted the save towards the Russian goal. Mitryushkin stretched his arm and his palm and fingertips pushed the ball back onto the pitch. There was no goal-line technology, and Mr. Rasmussen (ar1), who was perfectly positioned didn't award a goal. The replay camera and shots couldn't hand the viewers any unequivocal judgement. Thus I would give ar1 the benefit of the doubt. Mr. Petrovic (ar2) made one clear mistake (90'+4') when he adjudged a Spanish player offside though he was not. Moreover, the ar probably hesitated for a second or two till he raised his flag after the player already had a shot at goal and the goalie blocked it.