Two goals from Ademola Lookman saw England reach the FIFA U20 World Cup quarter-finals for the first time since 1993.
The Young Lions, who topped Group A with seven points from three games, were calm and in control throughout – the performance epitomised by Lookman’s finishes on 35 and 63 minutes, while the Everton forward also curled a free-kick against the crossbar.
- FIFA U20 World Cup
- Round of 16
- Wednesday 31 May 2017
- Jeonju World Cup Stadium
Only in the final moments Costa Rica truly threatened with Randall Leal scoring the rebound after his penalty had been saved by Freddie Woodman.
In a cagey opening, a promising run from Joshua Onomah on the right-flank culminated with the Tottenham man putting a low ball into the danger area for Kieran Dowell, whose curling effort was blocked.
And it was from the right flank where England created the opening goal. The ever-impressive Jonjoe Kenny drilled in a low cross and Everton team-mate Lookman, standing on the penalty spot, had time to control before squeezing his finish between keeper Erick Pineda and covering defender Esteban Gonzalez.
Costa Rica were shaken and both Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Lookman, twice, were again thwarted by the busy Pineda before the half-time whistle.