FC Barcelona players Gerard Deulofeu and Alejandro Grimaldo won the Under-19 European Championship with the Spanish national team this Sunday. Spain beat Greece 1-0 in the final, with a goal by Jese Rodriguez, thanks to an excellent assist by Deulofeu.
The two FC Barcelona players were essential pieces in Julen Lopetegui’s team throughout the tournament. In fact, both Deulofeu and Grimaldo featured in the starting line-up for all of Spain’s games against Greece, Portugal, Estonia, France and, again, against Greece in the final.
The FC Barcelona left back, Grimaldo, produced some fantastic performances throughout the tournament. The Valencia-born player was the youngest player in the tournament, at just 16-years-old, but that didn’t stop him from securing a spot in the Spanish starting line-up. Playing as Spain’s left back, he also showcased his ability to go on the attack, and was relentlessly running up and down the left flank. The left back also proved to be an able defender, and his positioning and tacking was almost flawless throughout the tournament.
Deulofeu, was for many, the best player of the tournament. Besides his two goals against France in the Semi-final, Deulofeu provided three assists and notched up the second-most shots on goal throughout the Euro, with a total of 10. Coming at the opposing team’s goal from both the left and the right side of the pitch, the Barcelona striker was involved in all of Spain’s attacking plays and played a crucial role in almost every goal spain scored in the tournament. Deulofeu’s pace, dribbling and shots certainly set him apart as one of the standout players of the tournament. In addition, this is the 18-year-old’s second consecutive Euro title after last year’s Under-19 Euro in Romania. Deulofeu was accompanied by another Barça player in that tournament, Sergi Gómez.