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2014: Andrea Sánchez

As well as creating opportunities and linking up play, Spain forward Andrea Sánchez was joint-top scorer at the 2013/14 UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship.
by Simon Hart
2014: Andrea Sánchez
Andrea Sánchez impressed with and without the ball ©Getty Images

2014: Andrea Sánchez

As well as creating opportunities and linking up play, Spain forward Andrea Sánchez was joint-top scorer at the 2013/14 UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship.

Andrea Sánchez was the attacking spearhead in the skilful Spain side who ended runners-up at the 2013 UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship in England.

Operating on the left of Spain's front three, she struck four goals to finish as the tournament's joint-top scorer and showed excellent technical ability as she dovetailed impressively with her team-mates, notably the speedy Nahikari García.

García herself cited Sánchez’s pivotal role as the player who "creates opportunities for others and links the play" and she certainly profited from the fact she was the tallest member of Spain's front line. She used her head to particularly good effect in the 4-0 group stage victory over Germany where she nodded in one of her two goals and also teed up Aitana Bonmati to score with a headed flick. It was one of three assists she provided although it was her goals' tally – matched only by Germany's Jasmin Sehan – that really stood out.

Sánchez had offered a taste of things to come by netting twice in Spain's elite round qualifiers and she arrived in England, moreover, fresh from making her UEFA Women's Champions League debut for FC Barcelona a fortnight before. Her maturity and influence soon shone in Jorge Vilda's team, Sánchez stepping in from the left and proving crucial to the Spaniards' slick combination play.

The finest expression of her finishing ability came with the first of her two goals in the semi-final win over hosts England as she delivered a wonderfully controlled volley as the ball fell at her feet. "We have players who are really gifted technically," said Vilda afterwards and that goal was the perfect illustration. Although her championship ended in tears with Spain's final shoot-out defeat by Germany, she as much as any player could go home with her head held high.

Last updated: 26/04/17 11.18CET

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