Netherlands U17s 1 England U17s 1 (Eng win 4-1 on pens) match report: Is it a World Cup pointer? England Under-17's win tournament shoot-out with a perfect set of penalties
Wednesday 21 May 2014
England won the European Under-17 Championship four years after their last triumph by holding their nerve in a penalty shoot-out against the Netherlands after the final in Malta had finished all-square.
In what Roy Hodgson must hope is a good omen for the World Cup in Brazil next month, England had a perfect record from the spot, while goalkeeper Freddie Woodman saved one Dutch effort with another going wide.
Chelsea striker Dominic Solanke had given John Peacock's side a deserved lead in the 25th minute after the Netherlands failed to clear a corner properly. However, they were pegged back on the brink of half-time as a superb flick from Steven Bergwijn allowed Jari Schuurman to equalise with a precise half-volley.
Dani van de Moot and Fulham playmaker Patrick Roberts both had chances to win it in the latter stages but after 80 minutes the game went to penalties.
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