If you were following our updates and tweets during the Euro U21s, you’ll have seen how we pointed out it was borderline unfair just how good Spain were compared with the rest of the competition.
Champions League experience and domestic league titles versus unknown Norwegians: the gulf in experience and talent was staggering.
The same can be said for some the U20 side, who are in Turkey for the U20 World Cup, namely Gerard Deulofeu.
Let alone the U21 side, Barcelona’s Deulofeu is probably already good enough for many full international sides, but at the tender age of 19, that’s all ahead of him.
Deulofeu led the Liga Adelante Pichichi chart for much of the season with Barça B, and eventually finished with 18 goals, while also making a handful of appearances for the first team.
As Spain cantered to a 4-1 win, Deulofeu yesterday showed he is almost unfairly good for this level, scoring his first goal with an insolent nonchalance, and showing the poise of a seasoned pro to dribble the keeper for his second and stroke home.
Enjoy Gerard Deulofeu’s brilliant brace for Spain U20s against the US in their 4-1 win on Friday evening.