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England come back to earn a draw against Chile thanks to Harry Kane's goal
England were held to a second successive draw at the U20 World Cup, this time with Chile - but may consider themselves unfortunate not to have taken the full three points.
After seeing Chile shade the first half and take a fortuitous lead through a 32-minute penalty, Peter Taylor’s side put in an impressive performance after the break.
Harry Kane got his first of the competition to level things and it was England who had the better chances to win after that.
But it was another improved team performance which Taylor will be happy to take into Saturday’s final Group E game against Egypt.
Sam Johnstone was by far the quieter of the two goalkeepers, with his opposite number Dario Melo and skipper Igor Lichnovsky proving the saviours for Chile on a number of occasions.
England started the game at a high tempo and had the best of the opening opportunities.
Kane was first up, forcing Melo into a ninth-minute save with a low shot from distance, which the Chilean ‘keeper could only palm out. But with no-one to follow-up the danger the chance was gone.
A cross from Conor Coady was then inches away from picking out Eric Dier in the area, following another good move from the Three Lions.
An even better chance followed as Adam Reach’s driven cross from the right picked out Kane in the area. He’d lost Lichnovsky but, at full stretch, he couldn’t divert his volley on target.
But two minutes later, Chile had the lead in controversial circumstances.
As Bryan Rabello cut inside from the right, he took Coady out of the game and left Danny Potts struggling to recover.
The West Ham defender tried to nip the ball away, but when the assistant referee signalled, the referee made a delayed decision to award the spot-kick.
Nicolas Castillo stepped up to confidently slot the ball into the bottom corner and put his team in front.
England looked to hit back immediately and Ross Barkley flashed a shot narrowly wide of the post after Luke Williams’ cut-back in the area.
Kane was then sent through by James Ward-Prowse’s slide-rule pass, but was denied twice by Melo from a tight angle when he could have picked out a team-mate instead.
England started the second half with intent and on the front foot, as Ward-Prowse’s floated free-kick from the right was just too high for Dier and Tom Thorpe.
Kane then sent a superb cross into the area, which Melo could only palm out as far as Ward-Prowse. The Southampton man steadied himself, but by the time he’d lined up a shot, the Chileans recovered and Lichnovsky made a timely block.
The Spurs striker did not have to wait much longer though, as a flowing move saw John Stones win the ball at the back and instantly feed his Everton team-mate Barkley.
Barkley drove forward before slipping a neat pass to his left for Kane. He took a single touch before drilling a low shot past Melo and into the bottom corner.
England almost took the lead moments after, as a winding run from Barkley set up a chance for sub Alex Pritchard but Chile skipper Lichnovsky was there again to make a crucial block.
Chile weren’t without chances of their own though, and sub Christian Bravo missed put a header weakly wide following a smart centre from Maturana.
Melo then kept his side in it after 82 minutes, when England’s two subs combined to perfection.
Pritchard picked out Larnell Cole on the right before darting back into the area. Cole’s floated cross found him unmarked just six yards out but Pritchard’s header at full-stretch was somehow parried away by Melo.
At the other end, England were let off the hook when Rabello’s 30-yard shot beat Johnstone only to come crashing back off the bar.
But it was England who really should have taken the points in the last minute when Stones again found Barkley to let him race forward.
He made ground and picked out Kane in the area, whose first-time cross was met by Pritchard at the far post only to find the side-netting.
It was unfortunate for England, but with one game to go and the group wide open, it makes for an fascinating clash in Bursa on Saturday.
1 Dario Melo, 2 Felipe Campos, 5 Igor Lichnovsky, 6 Sebastian Martinez (20 Claudio Baeza, 70), 8 Andres Robles, 10 Nicolas Maturana, 11 Angelo Henriquez (7 Christian Bravo, 74), 14 Bryan Rabello, 16 Cesar Fuentes, 18 Nicolas Castillo (9 Felipe Mora, 87), 19 Mario Larenas.
Subs not used: 3 Alejandro Contreras, 4 Valber Huerta, 12 Brayan Cortes, 13 Oscar Hernandez, 17 Diego Valdes, 21 Alvaro Salazar.
Goals Nicolas Castillo (pen 32)
1 Sam Johnstone, 3 Daniel Potts, 5 Eric Dier, 6 Conor Coady (c ), 7 James Ward-Prowse, 9 Harry Kane, 11 Adam Reach (8 Larnell Cole, 75), 14 John Stones, 16 Tom Thorpe, 17 Luke Williams (19 Alex Pritchard, 62), 21 Ross Barkley.
Subs not used: 2 Gael Bigirimana, 4 Jon Flanagan,10 Chris Long, 12 George Long, 13 Connor Ripley, 15 Jamaal Lascelles, 18 John Lundstram, 20 Luke Garbutt.
Goals Harry Kane (64)
Referee Alreza Faghani
Assistant Referees Hassan Kamranifar & Reza Sokhandan
Fourth Official Augustin Arias