Spain were the pre-tournament favourites to win the European Under-21 Championship although Luis Milla’s team were minutes away from being knocked out of the competition on Wednesday night, with Belarus leading 1-0 going into the 89th minute.
La Roja had failed to break down a stubborn opposition defence until Adrián López popped up to score late in normal time and the Spanish were able to claim victory in extra-time thanks to the same player.
Spain are the 4/6 favourites (bet365 – £200 free bets) to win Saturday evening’s final against Switzerland, with the same team 2/7 (Coral – £25 free betting) to lift the trophy whether it requires normal time, extra-time or penalties.
Adrián López is the top scorer for the tournament and Skybet are the only firm offering 4/1 that he breaks the deadlock in the final against a Swiss team that also needed extra-time in their semi-final match.
After ninety minutes of their game against Czech Republic, the scoreline was goalless and the game appeared to be heading towards a penalty shoot-out before Admir Mehmedi broke the deadlock to set up a final encounter against Spain.
Switzerland will go into the final having not conceded a goal and Stan James (£25 free bet) offer 11/2 that they win this match in normal time, with the draw attractively priced at 11/4 with the same firm.
Mehmedi has been among the goals during this tournament and he is a 10/1 chance with Paddy Power to open the scoring, although the best bet could be Under 2.5 Goals in what could be a cagey encounter. Skybet offer 4/5.