England U17s 1-2 Russia U17s
England U17s slipped to a 2-1 defeat to Russia in their second Elite Round qualifier for this year's European Championship.
Bradley Fewster’s deflected effort opened the scoring early on, only for Russia to come from behind to collect all three points despite an impressive display from the England youngsters.
The Three Lions came into the game on the back of an impressive 1-0 win over Portugal on Saturday while the Russians also picked up a win in their opener against Slovenia.
U17 Head Coach John Peacock was forced to make one change as Charlie Colkett came in for the suspended Mason Bennett.
The hosts started brightly and found themselves in front after just six minutes.
Alex Kiwomya hit a great ball over the top of the Russian defence to find Fewster and although Anton Mitryushkin parried the Middlesbrough forward’s effort, the ball was bundled over the line by Nikita Chernov.
Russia came close to pulling level in the 17th minute when Angus Gunn got down well to save a low, powerful effort that sailed through a crowd of players on its way to goal.
Ayaz Guliev made it 1-1 in style with half an hour gone with a fantastic individual effort from the edge of the penalty area, leaving the stunned Gunn helpless in goal.
England went agonisingly close to regaining the lead just three minutes later when the ball was cleared off the line twice in quick succession, first by a punch from Mitryushkin then by Vladislav Parshikov’s vital header.
Dan Crowley went close at the second half when he floated his free-kick perfectly over the wall, only to be denied by the 'keeper who was forced to dive to his left to put the ball out for a corner.
But Russia took the lead in the 51st minute thanks to another wonder goal. Ramil Sheidaev picked up the ball 25 yards from goal before turning and firing into the top right corner to make it 2-1 to the visitors.
The impressive Kiwomya searched for an equaliser soon after when his 18-yard effort drifted just wide of the left upright to deny the Chelsea youngster.
Substitute Reise Allassani went close to levelling the scores in the 73rd minute when his effort from a tight angle was palmed over the bar by Mitryushkin.
The promising Ruben Loftus-Cheek headed narrowly over the bar with just three minutes left as the Young Lions fought to get something out of a game they dominated for large spells.
But it ultimately ended in disappointment for the Young Lions, who now can't finish top of the group due to their head-to-head record with the Russians.
1 Angus Gunn, 2 Josh Aina, 3 Ben O'Hanlon, 4 Kean Bryan (16 Bamidele Alli, 57), 5 Joseph Gomez, 6 Bryn Morris (C) 7 Alex Kiwomya (17 Alex Gilliead, 62), 8 Ruben Loftus-Cheek, 9 Bradley Fewster, 10 Dan Crowley, 14 Charlie Colkett (15 Reise Allassani, 69).
Substitutes not used 13 Freddie Woodman, 12 Connor Ogilvie, 18 Priestley Griffiths.