England’s dream of silverware this summer ended when Noel Blake’s Under 19 squad lost their semi-final to Greece after extra time.
Finishing top of their group, England had the upper hand coming into the tie but after Mavroudis Bougaidis’ opener was cancelled out by Arsenal’s Benik Afobe to send the game into extra time, the Greeks struck on the 108th minute through Charalambos Lykogiannis to reach the final.
Greece finished runners-up in the 2007 edition of the tournament and got off to a bright start when Bougaidis headed in from a corner.
England had the chance to equalise from the penalty spot when Afobe was brought down by Greece goalkeeper Stefanos Kapino, who was subsequently sent off for the foul. However, West Ham striker Rob Hall couldn’t squeeze his penalty past the second-choice Greek ‘keeper, Sokratis Dioudis.
Another header saw England eventually grab the equaliser after 56 minutes but it was three minutes into the second-half of extra time when Lykogiannis showed great composure to see Greece through to the final where they will meet Spain after they defeated the French on penalties.
The other semi-final finished 3-3 after 90 minutes and extra time.
France were fortunate to remain in the game for large periods as they pushed the tie to the limits. They took the game into extra time after equalising in the 91st minute of normal time and took it to penalties after a 117th minute strike.
Samuel Umtiti put them ahead however in the 26th minute and they were able to maintain their lead till half-time. Deulofeu equalised early on in the second half before Paco Alcacer gave them the lead.
Umtiti found the net one minute into additional time to sent the tie into extra-time but found themselves behind once again when Deulofeu grabbed his second. However, Paul Pogba equalised in the 117th minute to spell penalties to seperate the sides.
Spain triumphed in the shootout and will play Greece on Sunday in Tallinn.