Lions' late winner seals title
Monday, 06 February, 2012
A late goal from Callum Robinson seals 2-1 victory over France.
By Nicholas Veevers
England ended their trip to Portugal on a high, as Callum Robinson's injury time winner sealed a 2-1 victory over France and the title of Algarve Tournament winners for 2012 with two wins and a draw in their three games proving enough to make them champions in the annual competition.
It had looked as though it wasn't going to be England's day as they spent the second half in search of a winner only to find French 'keeper Mike Maignan in fine form and a number of opportunities narrowly off-target.
Aston Villa man Robinson finally hit the mark though to end what has been a profitable fives days for John Peacock's men, during which they have remained unbeaten against three top teams in France, Portugal and the Netherlands.
The game got off to an even start, but it was England who took the lead when Southampton winger Calum Chambers got his second goal of the Tournament to put his side ahead.
It was so close to being 2-0 shortly afterwards, as Newcastle striker Adam Campbell saw a shot hit the post in the 27th minute before the same player then had an effort superbly saved by Maignan three minutes later.
France got themselves level just before half-time though, as Lyon's Anthony Martial struck in the 37th minute.
Into the second-half, and Maignan continued to thwart England, firstly denying substitute Devante Cole after a powerful run from Leo Chambers and then saving an effort from Jordan Graham.
Cole sent another shot wide of the target and with three minutes added on, it looked as though England would have to settle for a draw but Robinson popped up to nick his late goal and a memorable victory for his team.