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England 2-1 Ukraine - U21s report

27 March 2018

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A crowd in excess of 22,000 saw England's Young Lions beat their Ukrainian counterparts at Bramall Lane on Tuesday evening.

Goals from Dominic Calvert-Lewin and a late header from Liverpool's Dominic Solanke proved enough for Aidy Bothroyd's side.

The first chance of the game, saw Calvert-Lewin head straight at Lunin from Maddison's left-wing corner.

The former Blade should have put the Young Lions in front in the 29th minute, but he diverted Maddison's inswinging free-kick wide of the target from eight yards out.

Three minutes before the break, England went ahead, with CALVERT-LEWIN making no mistake as he won a foot race to poke home past Lunin in front of the Kop, with Maddison again the provider.

The first chance of the second period came in the 58th minute, but Worrall was denied by an excellent reflex save by Lunin, although the assistant referee had his flagged raised too.

Searching for a equaliser, the Ukraine came close on 62 minutes, with the ever-dangerous Kovalenko firing inches wide with Gunn scrambling across his line. And moments later, Kenny had to be alert to head off the line following a shot from Lunov at the back post.

With a shade over 20 minutes remaining, Onomah broke up play and freed Maddison, who curled an effort inches wide of the top corner, with Lunin helpless.

Lookman and Solanke were introduced off the bench, replacing Gray and the influential Maddison, but with seven minutes remaining, it was the Ukrainians who restored parity, with SHAPARENKO making a run between Worrall and Chilwell and heading home despite the best efforts of Gunn.

But parity only lasted five minutes, as SOLANKE rose unmarked to head home Chilwell's excellent cross from the byline, after Lookman initial centre wasn't cleared properly.

Former Academy graduate Calvert-Lewin received a warm hand, as he was replaced as the game entered four minutes added time, which the Young Lions comfortably saw out to strength their grip in their UEFA European 2019 Championship group.

England U21: Gunn, Kenny, Chilwell, Davies, Fry, Worrall, Gray (Lookman 73), Onomah, Calvert-Lewin (Maitland-Niles 90), Maddison (Solanke 77), Sessegnon.
Unused: Woodman, Abraham, Clarke-Salter, Walker-Peters.


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