The England U-19 side recorded their third win in Group B today when they beat Croatia 2-1 in Germany and so finish top of their group with a 100% record and move into the semi-finals.
Goalkeeper Freddie Woodman again played the whole game for England, but couldn’t keep a clean sheet after England had gone into a comfortable 2-0 lead after only 10 minutes.
England U-19 side before game against Croatia
The talented Newcastle goalkeeper was beaten by a terrific drive from Nikola Moro just before the hour mark to make the score 2-1.
And that was England’s third successive 2-1 victory of the competition.
An early goal from Izzy Brown after only 4 minutes was followed up by an own-goal from Croatian defender Silvio Anocic after 10 minutes, as England rushed into a 2-0 lead before Croatia pulled a goal back in the second half.
Aidy Boothroyd’s side will now play Italy in Thursday’s semi-final with Italy finishing second in Group A to Portugal.
Both countries had 5 points and a goal difference of +1 and had drawn their game 1-1, but the decider was that Portugal scored 6 goals to Italy’s 3 goals.
Germany failed to qualify from Group A so the final will be between England or Italy and Portugal or France, which is the other semi-final.
England U-19s: 1 Freddie Woodman (Newcastle United); 5 Taylor Moore (RC Lens), 6 Dael Fry (Middlesbrough), 14 Reece Oxford (West Ham United), 2 Jonjoe Kenny (Everton); 12 Kyle Walker-Peters (Tottenham Hotspur), 8 Josh Onomah (Tottenham Hotspur), 14 Ryan Ledson (Everton); 10 Sheyi Ojo (Liverpool), 17 Ademola Lookman (Charlton Athletic), 11 Izzy Brown (Chelsea).
Substitutes: 18 Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Arsenal) for Moore 78
Substitutes not used: 4 Jordan Rossiter (Glasgow Rangers), 13 Sam Howes (West Ham United), 7 Tammy Abraham (Chelsea), 9 Dominic Solanke (Chelsea), 15 Fikayo Tomori (Chelsea)
Goals: Izzy Brown 4, Silvio Anocic 10
Croatia U-19: 12 Ivan Nevistic; 2 Matej Hudecek, 5 Vinko Soldo, 6 Karlo Plantak, 3 Silvio Anocic; 18 Kristian Jakic; 17 Matija Fintic, 14 Luka Ivanusec, 10 Andrija Balic, 7 Josip Brekalo; 16 Nikola Moro (c)
Substitutes: 9 Fran Brodic for Brekalo 38, 8 Bojan Knezevic for Fintic 61, 13 Ivan Bozic for Moro 77
Substitutes not used: 1 Karlo Letica,11 Davor Lovren, 15 Marijan Cabraja.
Goals: Nikola Moro 58
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