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A second-half comeback in Manchester sees Young Lions beat a mixed-age Argentina team

Friday 23 Mar 2018
England U18s celebrate their goal against Argentina at Manchester City's Academy Stadium

England U18s made it two wins from two this week, with an impressive 2-1 victory over Argentina in Manchester on Friday afternoon.

The Young Lions scored two second-half goals to turn the game around at the Academy Stadium, after Argentina dangerman Gonzalo Moroni of Boca Juniors had put the visitors ahead in a largely equal first half.

And with a number of the Argentine line-up, travelling alongside their senior team for Friday’s game with Italy in Manchester, being from an age group above the Young Lions, it was a big test for Neil Dewsnip’s side.

The England line-up to play Argentina in Manchester

They got themselves level early in the second half though, when Manchester City’s Ian Poveda-Ocampo equalised on his home ground in the 52nd minute with his second goal in two games, following a strike against Qatar on Wednesday.

And England took the lead with 12 minutes remaining through an own goal from the South Americans, who will be hoping their senior team enjoy better luck when they face Italy at the Etihad Stadium on Friday evening.

England will be back in action again on Monday when they play their third and final game of the week against Belarus.

England: 1 William Crellin (Fleetwood Town), 2 Steve Sessegnon (Fulham), 3 Lewis Gibson (Everton), 4 George McEachran (Chelsea), 5 Joel Latibeaudiere (Manchester City) (c), 6 Marc Guehi (Chelsea), 7 Ian Poveda-Ocampo (Manchester City), 8 Morgan Gibbs-White (Wolverhampton Wanderers), 9 Danny Loader (Reading), 10 Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea), 11 Callum Wright (Leicester City).

Substitutes: 18 Conor Gallagher (Chelsea) for Wright 45, 19 Stephen Walker (Middlesbrough) for Gibbs-White 78, 15 Jake Vokins (Southampton) for Hudson-Odoi 90, 12 Timothy Eyoma (Tottenham Hotspur) for Poveda-Ocampo 90

Substitutes not used: 13 Josef Bursik (Stoke City), 14 Oliver Skipp (Tottenham Hotspur), 16 Alex Denny (Everton), 17 Adam Wilson (Newcastle United), 22 Solomonn Brynn (Middlesbrough)

Goals: Ian Poveda-Ocampo 52, OG 78

Cautions: N/A

Head coach: Neil Dewsnip

Ian Poveda-Ocampo celebrates his equaliser against Argentina

Argentina: 1 Manuel Roffo, 2 Nehuen Perez (c), 6 Leandro Balerdi, 8 Aaron Molinas, 9 Facundo Colidio, 10 Gonzalo Maroni, 11 Carlos Matias Rosales, 14 Facundo Medina, 15 Franco Camargo, 18 Francisco Ortega, 19 Tomas Chancalay.

Substitutes: 12 Lautaro Morales for Roffo 46, 17 Santiago Sosa for Rosales 54, 21 Enze Cabrera for Medina 71, 13 Francisco Alvarez for Balerdi 75, 7 Thiago Almada for Sosa 87

Substitutes not used: 3 Elias Pereyra, 4 Alan Luque, 5 Andres Ayala, 16 Cristian Ojeda, , 20 Juan Aguero, , 22 Julian Alvarez

Goals: Gonzalo Maroni 36

Cautions: Nehuen Perez 68, Tomas Chancalay 71, Franco Camargo 90

Head coach: Sebastian Beccacece

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Danny Loader celebrates as England's winning goal hits the net off an Argentine defender

By FA Staff