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Young Lions head into U17 World Cup quarter final after shootout win over Japan

Tuesday 17 Oct 2017

England’s Indian adventure continues after a penalty shootout victory over Japan secured their place in the U17 World Cup quarter final.

The Young Lions were held to a 0-0 draw over the 90 minutes, after enjoying large periods of domination without being able to find a breakthrough goal.

England 0-0 Japan
  • England win 5-4 on penalty shoot-out
  • FIFA U17 World Cup
  • Tuesday 17 October
  • Kolkata, India
  • Live on Eurosport

But Steve Cooper’s men held their nerve when it mattered to seal progress, with Rhian Brewster, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Phil Foden, Curtis Anderson and Nya Kirby all scoring from the spot.

With Anderson having saved Hinata Kida’s penultimate penalty, it was good enough to send England into the last eight where they will play USA in Goa on Saturday.

And it was ultimately a deserved victory for England on a stifling evening in Kolkata, with England enjoying the better of the game than their opponents.

The closest they came was via Brewster, whose rocket of a shot hit the outside of the post and flew to safety after George McEachran and Foden had combined well in midfield to set him clear.

Japan showed glimpses of their danger though, and needed no invitation to shoot from distance if given the chance.

Their best openings fell to Soichiro Kozuki, who hit one effort into the side netting before shooting wastefully over in first-half stoppage time.

The second half continued in the same vein, with England patiently passing and building across the pitch whilst looking for an opening.

That looked most likely to come from the left, where Hudson-Odoi was causing problems but on two occasions there was nobody there to get on the end of his crosses.

As the game went into the last 30 minutes, Japan stormed back into the game and began to pose a few issues to England with a series of corners testing the defence before Anderson had to make a smart save to deny Taisei Miyashiro’s low effort.

But it was England who could’ve stolen it, as Hudson-Odoi’s cut-back picked out Kirby only for his shot to be blocked in the six-yard box by Yukinari Sugawara.

Miyashiro then had a great chance to win the game when substitute Naoki Tsubaki’s pass found him in space with the goal at his mercy. He turned the ball towards goal but a last-ditch block from Joel Latibeaudiere saved the day.

A Japan winner would’ve been harsh on England though and as the game went to spot-kicks, justice prevailed as Cooper’s side head into the quarter final.

England: 1 Curtis Anderson (Manchester City); 18 Steven Sessegnon (Fulham), 15 Joel Latibeaudiere (Manchester City), 5 Marc Guehi (Chelsea), 6 Jonathan Panzo (Chelsea); 8 Tashan Oakley-Boothe (Tottenham Hotspur), 4 George McEachran (Chelsea); 7 Phil Foden (Manchester City), 10 Angel Gomes (Manchester United) (c), 14 Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea); 9 Rhian Brewster (Liverpool)

Substitutes: 17 Emile Smith-Rowe (Arsenal) for Gomes 64, 19 Morgan Gibbs-White (Wolverhampton Wanderers) for Oakley-Boothe 68, 12 Nya Kirby (Crystal Palace) for McEachran 78

Substitutes not used: 2 Timothy Eyoma (Tottenham Hotspur), 3 Lewis Gibson (Everton), 13 Josef Bursik (Stoke City), 16 Danny Loader (Reading), 20 Connor Gallagher (Chelsea), 21 Billy Crellin (Fleetwood Town)

Head coach: Steve Cooper

Cautions: Jonathan Panzo 37

Penalty Shootout
England
: Rhian Brewster scores, Callum Hudson-Odoi scores, Phil Foden scores, Curtis Anderson scores, Nya Kirby scores
Japan: Sugawara scores, Miyashiro scores, Kida misses, Kozuki scores

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By Nicholas Veevers