Arsenal's Bellerin keeps another clean sheet as Spain glory bid continues

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin is part of the Spain squad aiming to lift the biggest trophy at European under-19 level.

We reported earlier in the week about Spain's solid start to their under-19 campaign, winning the first game of their 'Elite Group' 1-0 over Poland.

Despite the fancy name the group is qualifying, with the main tournament taking place in Lithuania in July.

Only the winner from each group make it through, and two games in Spain are perhaps unsurprisingly in pole position.

Arsenal teenager Hector Bellerin is a key part of their side, a fixture at right-back in their bid to go on and secure qualification.

They took a major step towards that this afternoon when they faced a typically resilient Greece side who almost clinched a draw.

It was only in injury time when Spain netted two goals to secure a 2-0 win, secured through Alejandro Serrano and Fede Vico.

For the second game in Hector Bellerin and his fellow backline, including the highly rated Borja Lopez of Sportinh Gijon - recently linked with the Gunners and Manchester United, kept a clean sheet.

If they can do that in their final game against Croatia on Monday then they will successfully qualify for the finals.

Spain are on six points and Croatia four, and a draw will be enough to see them through.

They won the competition in 2011 and 2012 and are bidding for a hat-trick of titles - with Arsenal's Ignasi Miquel featuring in the first of the winning teams.

The tournament has been in existence at the level in varying formats since 1948, but no team has ever won it three times in a row.

Bellerin can be a unique part of Spanish and European football history if he continues his and their excellent form.

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