England Under-20s 1 Brazil Under-20s 2: James Ward-Prowse shines but Brazil end England dream
Stade Louis Hon
Tuesday 27 May 2014
The England Under-20s manager, Gareth Southgate, saluted the quality of rising star James Ward-Prowse despite Brazil overcoming his side 2-1 on Monday night to all but seal their place in the prestigious final in Toulon.
Southampton’s Ward-Prowse produced a classy free-kick from just outside the box to beat Brazil goalkeeper Marcos with nine minutes left in the south of France. Yet despite the midfielder’s excellence – and similar technique to David Beckham during his pomp – Southgate saw his side’s hopes of winning the tournament effectively ended by the unbeaten Brazilians, who now need just a point against Qatar to seal their spot in Sunday’s final.
Southgate said: “Ironically, when you play Brazil people would expect them to come up with a moment of brilliance, but we do that. It was not a surprise because everything he does is top-drawer.
“You score goals like that because of professionalism and hours of practice.”
Goals in each half from Alisson and Lucas Silva condemned England to their first loss as Southgate’s side now face a key game with South Korea tomorrow to try to finish second in Group B.
Alisson put the South Americans ahead after eight minutes, capitalising on a mistake by England’s goalkeeper Jack Butland. Alisson worked a neat one-two with striker Thalles and, when Butland failed to gather, tapped in.
England came back as Nathan Redmond tested Marcos with a long-range shot. But, as in the first half, England conceded again eight minutes after the break.
Thalles’ pass to Silva deceived Liam Moore and he took the ball inside Luke Garbutt and then out before producing a smart finish into the bottom corner.
Ward-Prowse’s curling effort on 81 minutes offered hope but it was too late. He said: “It was nice to score, but we wanted to win the game and have a chance of winning the tournament.”
Southgate added: “Unfortunately, we gave away two goals uncharacteristic of us. Losing is not a feeling we like but in terms of experience we got what we wanted. Until you live through playing one of the best teams you don’t realise how good you can be. We’ve nothing to fear moving forward.”
Latest in Sport
Petr Cech 'to ask' for Arsenal move to keep his family in London
England 'favourites' to host 2018 World Cup after Sepp Blatter resignation - Qatar and Russia under pressure
Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez saves female fan from police in amazing gesture
Sepp Blatter quits as Fifa president live: Chuck Blazer exposes decades of bribery and back handers in explosive testimony
Brendan Rodgers' job safe for now but Liverpool owners plan for improvement
- 2 California man brutally beat 82-year-old Sikh grandfather he mistook for 'one of those people'
- 3 School kitchen manager 'fired from Colorado school for giving hungry students free lunches'
- 4 Amy Schumer: 'I'm 160lbs and can catch a d**k any time I want'
- 5 Isis executes three gay men by dangling them from top of 100ft building and letting go