Gabriel Agbonlahor scored one and set up the other as England defeated Portugal at a rain-soaked Wembley to claim top spot in Group 3.
Portugal were unable to cope with Agbonlahor's pace and his break down the left helped England earn a 43rd-minute penalty, which was converted by James Milner, before he capped a fine performance with England's second midway through the second half. The result ensured England finished top of the section undefeated, with only one goal conceded, on 22 points and leaves Portugal needing to beat the Republic of Ireland in their final game next Tuesday to have a chance of reaching the play-offs as one of the four best runners-up.
Portugal enjoyed the best of the early possession and after just four minutes Joe Hart produced a stunning reflex save to palm away Vieirinha's near-post header. Ricardo Vaz Té then shot over after working space on the edge of the area. Agbonlahor had recovered from a stomach bug to start for England and his pace down the left was the home side's main threat. The Portuguese midfield pair of Miguel Veloso and Paolo Machado, though, were establishing control in the centre with Machado in particular finding his range on the England goal. Hart blocked his deflected shot on 17 minutes before the AS Saint-Etienne midfielder fired just wide soon after.
England were looking to release Agbonlahor at every opportunity and on 31 minutes he beat Vasco Fernandes to the byline and pulled the ball back to Adam Johnson whose low shot was tipped away by Rui Patrício in the Portugal goal. Thirteen minutes later, a similar move resulted in the Aston Villa FC striker's pass reaching Fabrice Muamba who was upended by Machado, allowing captain Milner to fire the resulting penalty low past Patrício for his eighth goal in 38 Under-21 internationals.
Twice in quick succession soon after the interval Patrício was called on to make smart saves from Milner and Tom Huddlestone, but he was beaten again by Agbonlahor with 63 minutes played. Sent clear of the Portuguese defence on the halfway line by Mark Noble, the 21-year-old hared upfield before outmuscling Vasco Fernandes and shooting low beyond Patrício. Substitute Frazier Campell and Noble had chances to add to England's lead but Stuart Pearce's side, who reached the semi-finals of the last edition, had already done enough to confirm their place as group winners and leave Portugal with a nervy final fixture against the Irish on Tuesday.