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England U20 1-0 South Korea

Young Lions reach the last-16 with victory over their U20 World Cup hosts

Friday 26 May 2017

A second-half strike from Kieran Dowell saw England beat U20 World Cup hosts South Korea to finish top of Group A and reach the last-16.

Needing a point to guarantee a top-two finish, the Young Lions looked in control throughout, hitting the post twice through Ademola Lookman in an effort to build on Dowell’s goal.

An electric start saw England penned back to defend a succession of corners. But they had their moments too, as Lookman burst through the centre of the pitch, then laid the ball off to Ovie Ejaria on his left, the Liverpool man though saw his low drive blocked by South Korea stopper Bumkeun Song.

England 1-0 South Korea
  • FIFA U20 World Cup
  • Group A
  • Friday 26 May 2017
  • Suwon World Cup Stadium, Korea

On the half-hour mark Dowell fizzed a 25-yard effort with the outside of his foot across goal, again calling keeper Bumkeun into action as he pushed the ball around the post.

At the other end Freddie Woodman was called into action to push away Seungun Ha’s volley, following a smart break down the right-flank from Youngwook Cho.

The Young Lions were inches away from breaking the deadlock shortly after the break through Lookman. Tottenham midfielder Joshua Onomah latched on to Jonjoe Kenny’s pass on the halfway line and burst from the right flank to the edge of the box, then found Lookman inside the box, who skipped past two defenders then unleashed a low shot that cannoned back off the near post.

Onomah was provider again to set up Ojaria moments later, but the Liverpool man’s tame shot was comfortably blocked by the busy Bumkeun.

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It was no surprise when Dowell opened the scoring on 56 minutes. Kenny, a constant threat from right-back, cut into the box and his pull back was finished first time by Everton team-mate Dowell, who rifled into the bottom corner from 12 yards.

Kenny was proving just as effective defensively and blocked an effort from captain Sangmin Lee on the goal-line then, seconds later, Lookman hit the woodwork for a second time, on this occasion after cutting in from the left and letting fly from 25 yards.

Paul Simpson’s team will now contest their last-16 tie on Wednesday 31 May, kick-off 12pm.

England: 1 Freddie Woodman (Newcastle United); 2 Jonjoe Kenny (Everton), 15 Dael Fry (Middlesbrough), 5 Fikayo Tomori (Chelsea), 14 Kyle Walker-Peters (Tottenham Hotspur); 20 Ovie Ejaria (Liverpool), 7 Joshua Onomah (Tottenham Hotspur); 18 Kieran Dowell (Everton), 8 Ainsley Maitland-Niles (capt; Arsenal), 11 Ademola Lookman (Everton); 16 Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton)

Substitutes: 10 Dominic Solanke (Chelsea) for Maitland-Niles 28, 19 Seyi Ojo (Liverpool) for Lookman 85

Substitutes not used: 13 Dean Henderson (Manchester United), 21 Luke Southwood (Reading), 3 Callum Connolly (Everton), 4 Lewis Cook (AFC Bournemouth), 6 Jake Clarke-Salter (Chelsea), 9 Adam Armstrong (Newcastle United), 12 Ezri Konsa (Charlton Athletic), 17 Harry Chapman (Middlesbrough)

Coach: Paul Simpson

Goals: Dowell 56

Yellow cards: Ejaria 58, Calvert-Lewin 80

South Korea: 1 Bumkeun Song; 3 Chanyang Woo, 4 Taewook Jeong, 5 Sangmin Lee (capt), 13 Youhyeon Lee, 20 Jungmoon Lee; 6 Seungmo Lee, 8 Chanhee Han, 18 Minhyeok Lim; 9 Youngwook Cho, 11 Seungun Ha

Substitutes: 7 Jinhyun Lee for Chanhee 57, 10 Seungwoo Lee for Seungun 57, 14 Seungho Paik for Minhyeok 79

Substitutes not used: 12 Joonsoo Ahn, 21 Jun Lee, 2 Jonggyu Yoon, 15 Minho Kim, 16 Sangheon Lee, 17 Jihun Kang, 19 Seungwoo Kim

Yellow cards: Sangmin 45, Minhyeok 46

Referee: Cesar Ramos (Mexico)

By Josh Richards Digital Producer