Fornals strike keeps Spain's Euro hopes alive [video]

  • by Staff Writer
  • Wednesday, 19th June 2019

Pablo Fornals gave Hammers fans a tantalising glimpse of what could be in store when he scored a late winner in Spain's clash with Belgium in the European Under 21 Championships.

West Ham's latest signing, a £24million capture from Villareal struck in the 89th minute with a scorcher from the edge of the penalty box to earn Spain three vital points in their Championship campaign.

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The Spanish took the lead as early as the sixth minute when Dinamo Zagreb's Dani Olmo converted a low cross to score from 12 yards out. However Belgium were back on level terms after 23 minutes when Sebastiaan Bornauw's header, from a corner, was adjudged to have crossed the line.

Fornals, who featured for just 23 minutes in Spain's opening match of the campaign - a 3-1 defeat against Italy - entered the fray as a half time substitute for Valencia's Carlos Soler, having once again started on the bench.

And with the match heading for a draw, Fornals' late intervention - a fine strike from 20 yards, that you may see in the highlights package below - secured Spain's first win of the tounament with a goal that left many Hammers fans drooling at the prospect of seeing him in claret and blue.

The win leaves Spain needing to better Italy's result in their final Group A fixture in order to qualify for the competition's knockout phase.

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