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England finish third at the IBSA Euro Finals after penalty shootout win over Turkey

Tuesday 24 Sep 2019
The Para Lions celebrate their victory in Rome, where they finished third in the IBSA Euro Finals
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England secured a third-place finish at the IBSA Euro Finals on Tuesday morning, after a penalty shootout win over Turkey.

The Para Lions, who lost on penalties in Sunday's semi-final, made amends in their final match after being held to a 1-1 draw in the 40 minutes.

And Jon Pugh's side were perhaps a shade unfortunate not to have won the game outright, despite receiving two red cards in the second half.

Captain Dan English had earlier opened the scoring midway through the first half, after collecting a pass from Brandon Coleman.

Roy Turnham looks to find a way through against Turkey

Showing great close control, he embarked on a run across the pitch before checking back and firing home an unstoppable shot into the top corner.

Turkey almost levelled up just before the break when Omur Mercan's direct run through the middle saw him felled on the edge of the box. From the resulting free-kick, the English defence held firm to retain their lead.

But within a minute of the restart, Turkey found an equaliser. After Roy Turnham's run and shot had been saved, keeper Aykut Akyon launched a throw out to Emrah Ocal in the English half. He turned and dribbled goalwards before poking a low shot past Dylan Malpas.

With both teams pushing in search of a winner, England were reduced to four players with just less than ten minutes remaining as Darren Harris was shown a red card following a skirmish on the touchline. He was followed shortly after by Coleman for a similar incident.

The two teams battle for the ball

And so to penalties, with both teams missing their first kicks, English put England in front with the second as Malpas saved.

When Kahraman Kurbetoglu shot wide with Turkey's third spot-kick, it meant England's final position as bronze medal winners was confirmed.

"I think the boys, over the tournament, have done well in what has been a very hard schedule," said English, after the game.

"I think we could've potentially taken more opportunities and scored against Spain to get into the Final, but unfortunately we didn't.

"They were better than us on penalties and won.

Rainbow Mbungai made his first start of the Euros in Tuesday's game

"But we've done well as players and staff to get to where we are today."

England: 1 Dylan Malpas, 4 Dan English (c), 7 Brandon Coleman, 8 Rainbow Mbungai, 9 Roy Turnham

Subs: 13 Sam Marsden, 3 Owen Bainbridge, 4 Amir Azeem, 6 Robin Williams, 10 Darren Harris

Head coach: Jon Pugh

Turkey: 13 Aykut Akyon, 4 Kahraman Kurbetoglu, 5 Abdullah Sumer, 7 Emrah Ocal, 9 Ercan Bayraktar

Subs: 12 Doruk Erkmen, 10 Omur Mercan, 11 Oguzhan Yokus

Coach: John Ball

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By Nicholas Veevers