Following Tuesday’s draw with Croatia, England beat Serbia 2-1 in their second group game of this year’s European Under 19 Championship in Estonia.
Benik Afobe and Nathan Redmond got Noel Blake’s side their first three points of the tournament but are second in the group behind France after they defeated the Croatians, 1-0. Following the defeat, the Serbians are now eliminated from the tournament, but could qualify for next year’s FIFA Under 20 World Cup if they are to beat Croatia in their final group game.
Filip Pajovic dropped the ball under pressure from Harry Kane for Afobe to pounce and grab the opener for England after only six minutes.
Nikola Ninkovic, who would eventually score for the Serbians, almost hit back straight away but was denied by Manchester United goalkeeper Samuel Johnstone between the sticks.
Kane almost doubled England’s lead with a sixth of the match gone, but he was too slow after Redmond sent him through on goal.
Afobe hit the post in the second half before finding Kane, who found Redmond, to fire into the top right hand corner and put England 2-0 ahead in the 63rd minute.
Serbia’s goal came in controversial circumstances as Ninkovic’s corner curled into the box and past Johnstone at his near post. But it wasn’t enough for the Serbians who are now eliminated from the competition.
Dimitri Foulquier got France’s only goal as they beat Croatia 1-0 to top the group. They will now head into their encounter with England knowing that whatever team triumphs will progress to the semi-finals as group leaders.
In Group A the host nation suffered another defeat, this time against Greece. They were thrashed 4-1 with goals from Spyros Fourlanos, Giorgios Katidis and a double from Dimitris Diamantakos. Estonia hit back through captain Karl-Eerik Luigend. Estonia could be eliminated from the competition tonight if Portugal and Spain finishes as a draw.
The game is in progress and the final result can be viewed via The Youth Radar’s Twitter feed, which you can find here.