19 June 2017

Slovakia Under-21s 1 England Under-21s 2: Nathan Redmond nets winner as young Lions come back from behind

AIDY BOOTHROYD’S boys kept their Euro 2017 bid alive – thanks to a stunning second half comeback.

Needing to win to stay in the tournament, the Young Lions trailed 1-0 at half time after the worst 45 minutes by an England Under-21 team for four years.

Nathan Redmond netted the winner for England
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But goals after the break from Alfie Mawson and Nathan Redmond turned this Group A clash around and means our lads now have a great chance of reaching the semi-finals.

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Only the winners of the three groups are guaranteed a place in the last four.

Victory against hosts Poland on Thursday should see England book their place in the last four – if not as group winners then possibly as the best runners-up, depending on what happens in the other groups.

The Young Lions have not progressed beyond the group stage of this tournament on the last three occasions.


June 16: Sweden 0 England 0

June 16: Poland 1 Slovakia 2

June 19: Slovakia 1 England 2

June 19: Poland vs Sweden

June 22: Slovakia vs Sweden

June 22: England vs Poland

Alfie Mawson equalised for England early in the second half
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Martin Chrien gave Slovakia the lead in the first half
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And it looked like they would not be doing so this time either when Martin Chrien headed in Albert Rusnak’s corner to put Slovakia 1-0 up in the 23rd minute.

It nearly got worse for England when Jaroslav Mihalik’s long-range shot almost deceived Jordan Pickford, who pushed the ball away for a corner.

But Everton defender Mason Holgate, who lost his marker for the goal, was subbed by Boothroyd, who played Norwich winger Jacob Murphy at right back for the second half.

James Ward-Prowse looked dejected while England trailed
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Alfie Mawson poked the ball home from close range
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And the tactical switch worked a treat as England came storming back.

Swansea defender Mawson slotted home from close range after Slovakia keeper Adrian Chovan could only parry his first shot from a Murphy cross.

Redmond then capped a brilliant counter-attack by cutting and firing a shot into the far corner for the winner in the 61st minute.

Slovakia appaled for a late penalty when the ball appeared to hit Murphy’s arm in the box, but Lithuanian ref Gediminas Mazelka waved away their claims as England took a giant step towards the Euro 2017 semi-finals.

Nathan Redmond cut in from the left flank before scoring the winner
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Aidy Boothroyd’s young side showed great character to come back and win
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