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Redmond takes England to the brink of play-offs

Published: Monday 19 May 2014, 23.24CET
Wales 1-3 England
Nathan Redmond scored twice, hit the post and inspired the late third as Gareth Southgate's side made it six successive wins in Group 1.
by Mark Pitman
from Swansea Stadium
Redmond takes England to the brink of play-offs
Nathan Redmond (centre) celebrates after scoring the opening goal in Swansea ©Getty Images

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Published: Monday 19 May 2014, 23.24CET

Redmond takes England to the brink of play-offs

Wales 1-3 England
Nathan Redmond scored twice, hit the post and inspired the late third as Gareth Southgate's side made it six successive wins in Group 1.

Nathan Redmond was England's inspiration amid torrential rain in south Wales as he scored twice to leave Gareth Southgate's men within touching distance of a UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-off spot.

Redmond broke the deadlock on 18 minutes and, although Gwion Edwards' fine header soon restored parity, the Norwich City FC winger put England back in front with a long-range effort before half-time. He almost had a hat-trick just after the restart, hitting the base of the post with the goalkeeper well beaten, and Wales were still in it until added time, when Redmond's shot went in via the slightest of deflections off substitute Saido Berahino.

"This was a really impressive performance, we were a real threat, we took up great possession and we showed that we have strength in depth. We played as well as we have in this campaign," said manager Gareth Southgate, whose side will advance with two games to spare if Moldova fail to win in Finland on 1 June. "Nathan [Redmond] is a pleasure to work with, we can give him freedom to play. He created a lot of his own chances tonight. He's a really exciting player."

Redmond served early warning on the left wing and did not need a second invitation when Lloyd Isgrove was caught in possession, clinically slotting the ball inside Connor Roberts' near post. England's own defenders were culpable when Edwards levelled two minutes later, but it was a brief interlude in the Redmond show and the 20-year-old added his second on 38 minutes with a long-range shot that took a slight deflection off Joe Walsh on its way past Roberts.

England pushed for a third goal, Redmond going close, but the worsening weather and tired legs meant that the second half lack the zip of the first. Wales substitute George Williams caused England a few problems but the game was up when Redmond weaved his way through the defence in added time and helped wrap things up.

Last updated: 04/06/15 7.50CET

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Lineups

Wales

Wales

England

England

1
RobertsConnor Roberts (GK)
1
ButlandJack Butland (GK) (C)
2
FreemanKieron Freeman
Substitution46
2
JenkinsonCarl Jenkinson
3
JohnDeclan John
3
GarbuttLuke Garbutt
4
LucasLee Lucas (C)
4
ChalobahNathaniel Chalobah
Yellow Card70
5
RayGeorge Ray
5
KeaneMichael Keane
6
WalshJoseph Walsh
6
MooreLiam Moore
7
EdwardsGwion Edwards
Goal20
7
InceTom Ince
Substitution79
8
PritchardJosh Pritchard
Substitution42
8
Ward-ProwseJames Ward-Prowse
Yellow Card59
9
BurnsWesley Burns
9
IngsDanny Ings
Substitution56
10
EvansLee Evans
10
LingardJesse Lingard
11
IsgroveLloyd Isgrove
Substitution40
11
RedmondNathan Redmond
Goal18
Goal38

Substitutes

12
WardDanny Ward (GK)
13
BondJonathan Bond (GK)
13
FoxMorgan Fox
12
BrowningTyias Browning
14
O'SullivanThomas O'Sullivan
Substitution42
14
Forster-CaskeyJake Forster-Caskey
Substitution85
15
AlfeiDaniel Alfei
Substitution46
15
ObitaJordan Obita
16
LoveridgeJames Loveridge
16
KaneHarry Kane
Substitution79
Substitution85
17
G. WilliamsGeorge Williams
Substitution40
17
BerahinoSaido Berahino
Substitution56
Goal90+2
18
OglebyRobert Ogleby
18
MarchSolly March

Coach

Geraint Williams (WAL) Gareth Southgate (ENG)

Referee

Artyom Kuchin (KAZ)

Assistant referees

Evgeni Belski (KAZ), Anatoli Hodin (KAZ)

Fourth official

Ruslan Duzmambetov (KAZ)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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