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Yunus Musah strikes as England MU18s draw with Brazil

Sunday 08 Sep 2019
Yunus Musah claimed England's goal in the draw at Hednesford Town FC

England Men's U18s were held to an entertaining draw by Brazil as they continued their unbeaten start to their domestic four-nation campaign.

A first-half Yunus Musah penalty gave Ian Foster’s side the lead, but the visitors hit back in the 50th minute through an impressive Talles Magno strike.

The result puts the two sides level on points in the group with just one game to play, after England’s 3-2 win over Australia and Brazil’s 2-1 triumph against Korea on Friday.

England 1-1 Brazil
  • A Men's U18 International
  • Sunday 8 September 2019
  • Hednesford Town FC

Foster made seven changes to the team from Friday's encounter, leaving out Alex Mighten, whose hat-trick heroics against Australia paved the way for the Young Lions' victory.

It was a cagey opening to the game as both teams struggled for fluency, failing to test either keeper in a match of few clear-cut opportunities.

England centre back pairing Nathan Wood and Teden Mengi provided the hosts with solidity, thwarting any attacks that came their way to maintain early parity.

But the deadlock was soon broken after a foul in the Brazil box saw a penalty awarded, with Valencia midfielder Musah celebrating his return to the side by calmly slotting home the resulting spot-kick to the keeper’s left.

The visitors responded shortly after half time, however, as Gabriel Veron found Magno, who finished unerringly into the corner and left keeper Louie Moulden with no chance.

And despite a flurry of late Brazil pressure, in which Moulden made a series of sharp saves, Foster’s side held on to leave the group in the balance.

Brazil won a pre-arranged penalty shootout 4-2, however, the outcome will not count towards the final standings.

England: 1 Louie Moulden (Manchester City); 2 Valentino Livramento (Chelsea), 6 Nathan Wood (Middlesbrough), 5 Teden Mengi (Manchester United), 3 Haydon Roberts (Brighton & Hove Albion); 8 Yunus Musah (Valencia), 4 Miguel Azeez (Arsenal), 10 Cole Palmer (Manchester City); 7 Noni Madueke (PSV Eindhoven), 9 Joe Gelhardt (Wigan Athletic), 11 Morgan Rogers (Manchester City).

Substitutes: 14 Jensen Weir for Palmer 65,18 Alex Mighten (Nottingham Forest) for Madueke 65, 20 Fabio De Carvalho (Fulham) for Musah 76, 19 Layton Stewart (Liverpool) for Gelhardt 88

Substitutes not used: 12 Matthew Bondswell (Leipzig), 13 James Trafford (Manchester City), 15 Dynel Simeu (Chelsea), 16 Lewis Bate (Chelsea), 17 Ben Knight (Manchester City), 22 Nathan Broome (Stoke City).

Goals: Musah 32

Head coach: Ian Foster

By Will Jennings at Hednesford Town