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England Under 19s Reach Semi Finals

Harry Kane celebrates his winner in Estonia. Picture: The FA

England Under 19s have reached the semi-finals of the European Championship in Estonia.

The Young Lions will face Greece on Thursday in their bid to reach the final hurdle.

They beat France 2-1 yesterday to set up the tie by topping Group B, leaving France as runners-up to face Spain.

England played elegantly and always looked confident of a win against Les Bleuets as John Lundstram hit an early long-range effort that sailed into the net for Noel Blake’s boys.

An attractive piece of football from France concluded in Jordan Vertout’s side-footed shot finding the net after 31 minutes to equalise.

The draw was short-lived as Harry Kane got on the end of a corner to claim back the lead for England and score the goal that would eventually send them into the semi-finals to face the runner-up of Group B – Greece.

The Greeks qualified after an exciting game against Portugal in which they ran out 3-2 winners.

Giannis Gianniotas gave them the lead early on in the game but was cancelled out one minute later by Andre Gomes.

A double from captain Giorgos Katidis saw Greece through to the semi-final. A last minute goal from substitute Betinho proved to not be enough for Portugal to have any hope of qualifying. Eventually the Portugese missed out on the next round by two points.

Spain topped the group after they beat the host nation, 2-0.

Estonia were already eliminated from the tournament and fell behind after 39 minutes when Denis Suarez scored the opener.

It wasn’t until the 87th minute when Spain scored another through Paco Alcacer and made sure of their place in the semi-finals.

Elsewhere, Croatia heaped more misery on Serbia as the latter recorded three losses out of three games. Even after two minutes Serbia were behind as Croatia’s Domagov Pavicic grabbed a goal.

Mihael Prongracic scored the other two in a 3-0 rout.

The semi finals will be played on Thursday and are live on Eurosport.

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About Tom Bennett

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