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England beat Sweden through late Lingard goal

Published: Sunday 21 June 2015, 19.50CET
Sweden 0-1 England
Jesse Lingard's 85th-minute strike ended a frustrating wait for England and breathed life into their hopes of reaching the semi-finals.
by Tom Kell
from Ander Stadium

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Match statistics

SwedenEngland

Goals scored0
1
Total attempts10
 
14
on target4
 
3
off target3
 
7
blocked3
 
4
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners6
 
6
Offsides0
3
Yellow cards2
 
0
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed11
 
7
Fouls suffered7
 
11

Standings

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
Last updated: 30/11/2017 14:58 CET
Published: Sunday 21 June 2015, 19.50CET

England beat Sweden through late Lingard goal

Sweden 0-1 England
Jesse Lingard's 85th-minute strike ended a frustrating wait for England and breathed life into their hopes of reaching the semi-finals.

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Lingard ends England's five-game wait for goal from open play at a U21 finals
Next matches: England v Italy, Portugal v Sweden (Wednesday)

Just as they looked to have run out of ideas, England revived their UEFA European Under-21 Championship hopes in Olomouc.

Gareth Southgate has always demanded his team "play with a certain style", but even his patience must have been tested at the Ander Stadium. England passed, they prodded and they probed – Sweden stood firm. The Young Lions appeared too methodical and ponderous in much of their build-up; then up popped Jesse Lingard.

That the substitute winger's goal came following a corner was little surprise considering England had looked at their most dangerous when adopting a less scenic route than is Southgate's want. Nathan Redmond, Carl Jenkinson and Harry Kane – the three threats pinpointed by Håkan Ericson on Saturday – combined well on 27 minutes, but the Tottenham striker was stretching too much to direct his header on target. Will Hughes then looked to have a little more space after being played in by Alex Pritchard but was thwarted by Filip Helander's last-ditch block.

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Harry Kane was named man of the match

Half-chances for Simon Tibbling, John Guidetti and Isaac Kiese Thelin were all the Swedes mustered in the opening 45 minutes. Their persistence with two up front, however, ensured England could not afford to attack with abandon.

Southgate opted to mirror that 4-4-2 formation by bringing on Danny Ings at the break. The Liverpool-bound forward was sprightly enough, but it was England's No9 who remained their pivot, Jenkinson so nearly the beneficiary soon after the hour when he raced onto a Kane cutback and shot into the side-netting.

Even a strike partnership that scored a combined 32 Premier League goals last season appeared unable to unpick this lock. England's wait for a first goal from open play since Danny Welbeck's effort in a 2-1 defeat by the Czech Republic on 19 June 2011 thus looked set to continue, until Lingaard controlled a half-cleared corner on his chest and volleyed in from the edge of the penalty area. The 459-minute wait was over.

Last updated: 22/06/15 0.16CET

http://www.uefa.com/under21/season=2015/matches/round=2000408/match=2015374/postmatch/report/index.html#england+defeat+sweden

Lineups

Sweden

Sweden

England

England

1
CarlgrenPatrik Carlgren (GK)
1
ButlandJack Butland (GK) (C)
2
LindelöfVictor Lindelöf
2
JenkinsonCarl Jenkinson
4
HelanderFilip Helander
3
GarbuttLuke Garbutt
5
AugustinssonLudwig Augustinsson
6
GibsonBen Gibson
6
LewickiOscar Lewicki
7
PritchardAlex Pritchard
Substitution55
7
HiljemarkOscar Hiljemark (C)
9
KaneHarry Kane
8
KhaliliAbdullah Khalili
Yellow Card70
Substitution87
10
CarrollTom Carroll
Substitution73
10
GuidettiJohn Guidetti
Substitution81
11
RedmondNathan Redmond
11
Kiese ThelinIsaac Kiese Thelin
14
ChalobahNathaniel Chalobah
16
TibblingSimon Tibbling
Substitution78
19
HughesWill Hughes
Substitution46
17
BaffoJoseph Baffo
Yellow Card79
20
MooreLiam Moore

Substitutes

12
RinneJacob Rinne (GK)
12
BondJonathan Bond (GK)
9
HrgotaBranimir Hrgota
4
Forster-CaskeyJake Forster-Caskey
13
ZeneliArber Zeneli
5
StonesJohn Stones
14
IshakMikael Ishak
Substitution81
8
Ward-ProwseJames Ward-Prowse
15
OlssonKristoffer Olsson
13
BettinelliMarcus Bettinelli (GK)
18
HolménSebastian Holmén
15
KeaneMichael Keane
19
LarssonSam Larsson
Substitution78
16
LingardJesse Lingard
Substitution55
Goal85
20
QuaisonRobin Quaison
Substitution87
17
IngsDanny Ings
Substitution46
21
KonatePa Konate
18
AfobeBenik Afobe
22
GustafsonSimon Gustafson
21
ChambersCalum Chambers
23
LindeAndreas Linde (GK)
22
TargettMatt Targett
23
Loftus-CheekRuben Loftus-Cheek
Substitution73

Coach

Håkan Ericson (SWE) Gareth Southgate (ENG)

Referee

Javier Estrada (ESP)

Assistant referees

Miguel Martínez (ESP), Teodoro Sobrino (ESP)

Fourth official

Ondřej Pelikán (CZE)

Additional assistant referees

Alejandro Hernandez (ESP), Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)

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