Venezuela U20s 0-1 England U20s: We are the champions!

Date published: Monday 12th June 2017 1:10

England have won the Under-20s World Cup by beating Venezuela in the final.

Everton youngster Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored the only goal of the game as England claimed their first world title at any age group since their victory in the senior competition of 1966.

Newcastle goalkeeper Freddie Woodman saved a second-half penalty as Paul Simpson’s side held on to claim a famous victory in South Korea.

After a slow start the game was lit up by an audacious long-range effort after 16 minutes from Ronaldo Lucena, whose swerving, dipping free-kick from all of 40 yards clipped the outside of a post.

Ademola Lookman brought a decent save from Wuilker Farinez before Calvert-Lewin wrote his name into the history books with what proved to be the winning goal.

The Everton forward contested a long, diagonal ball behind the Venezuela defence and saw his initial effort well saved before tapping home the rebound from close range.

Another free-kick brought another moment of panic for England just before half-time as Adalberto Penaranda curled an effort narrowly wide.

Tottenham midfielder Josh Onomah saw a 30-yard effort strike the underside of the Venezuela crossbar early in the second half as England pushed for a second goal.

However, the South Americans were becoming increasing more dangerous and were given a golden opportunity to get back into the match when Penaranda went down following a clash of knees with Jake Clarke-Salter.

With 17 minutes to play, the referee pointed to the spot before immediately referring the decision to the video assistant referee. The penalty award stood but Woodman’s strong palm kept out Penaranda’s spot-kick, despite diving the wrong way.

A frantic finale saw England hang on to lift the trophy, surpassing their previous best at the Under-20 World Cup which was a third place finish in 1993.

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