Arsenal's Bellerin in action for Spain as Gunners transfer target is sent off


Arsenal's Hector Bellerin featured in a win for Spain's under-19s.

The European under-21 Championships is not the only international tournament taking place at present, for the European under-19 competition is in it's preliminary stage.

It is called the Elite Stage, but really it boils down to qualifiers, with only seven teams progressing to the tournament proper, plus the hosts, which will take place in Lithuania this July.

England were eliminated from their group last week despite a 3-0 win over Scotland in their last group game, in which Arsenal's prolific young Gunner Chuba Akpom netted.

One Arsenal player hoping he will have more success is a star of the club's NextGen Series side, Hector Bellerin.

The young right-back started for Spain's under-19 side in their opening game today (Wednesday) against Poland.

And he will feel pleased at the outcome, he helped the Spaniards to a 1-0 win, securing all three points, which puts them in pole position after the two other teams in the group Greece and Croatia drew their opening game.

The goal came from Cordoba's exciting young attacker Fede Vico, who has recently been linked with Liverpool and Swansea.

But not all of Spain's side had a game to remember. 

Real Betis winger Alvaro Vadillo is a highly rated player who has been touted as the 'Spanish Ronaldo', and linked to Arsenal due to the link up between the two clubs which saw Joel Campbell loaned the other way.

But he found himself sent off after a crazy three minute spell in the second half which saw him pick up two yellow cards in quick succession.

The second was for a supposed 'dive' in the box, much to his protests, Spain were forced to play out the final 22 minutes with 10 men.

Spain's next fixture is on Friday at 1pm against Greece, and a win will take Bellerin and Spain into the finals - but only the top team from each group will make it. So it certainly remains all to play for. 

image: © NextGen Series

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