You would have had to go to the UK to see it, but two of Spain's best cantera sides squared off against each other today in one quarterfinal of the U-21 Premier league international Cup. Athletic Bilbao's squad was made up primarily of players from their B team, currently in the Segunda, while Villarreal's was composed largely of players on Villarreal B, currently leading their Segunda B group.
The Yellow Submarine took an early lead--4th minute--when Fran Sol converted a chance created by Leo Suarez, and Aitor Cantalapiedra set up Alfonso Pedraza for a second tally shortly after halftime. However, the Basques almost immediately scored through Guruzeta. Villarreal came close to a third goal toward the end, held on and now move into the semifinals.
We will face Porto, 1-0 victors over Benfica today in another quarterfinal. Date and place (probably Adams Park, High Wycombe again) to be confirmed.
Hopefully a good omen for when the first teams meat this Saturday at the new San Mames! Endavant Villarreal!!