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England Draw Despite Strong Performance

 

England surround Argentina, just as they did for most of the game in Medellin.

England have held one of the favourites to win the FIFA Under 20 World Cup to a goalless draw in Colombia.

Argentina came into the game as strong favourites but Brian Eastick’s side produced a strong and fluid performance in order to grab a point.

The Young Lions could have even won the game on several occasions if it wasn’t for a bold Argentinian defence.

England now know that a win against Mexico in their final group game will guarantee them qualification from the group stage, whilst another draw would put them in strong contention to be named one of the best 3rd placed sides.

Billy Knott, Saido Berahino, Matt Phillips and Callum McNanaman all continued their excellent form as the Albiceleste had no answer to many of the problems England threw at them.

England were dealt a huge blow as tenacious midfielder Nathan Baker suffered from concussion after taking a bang to the head just after the half-hour mark.

Esteban Andrada did well to keep out Berahino and Knott whilst Jack Butland did well to keep out the likes of Erik Lamela and Federico Ferreyra at the other end.

40,000 fans turned out to watch this contest, an impressive attendance even by the senior World Cup standards and despite witnessing zero goals, they went home having watched a really entertaining game that, in all truth, England should have won.

Argentina beat Mexico in their opening game, which will leave the England camp feeling confident that they can secure all three points against Mexico. The Mexicans won their second match against Korea DPR, a side who England dominated but couldn’t manage to beat.

Stay with The Youth Radar for the latest news and match reports on the FIFA Under 20 World Cup in Colombia.

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About Tom Bennett

I'm a 21-year-old Multimedia Journalism student at Bournemouth University aspiring to be one of Britain's top sports journalists. Follow me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn for contact and further information.

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