Highlights: England U21 1-2 France U21

By on 18th June 2019

Aidy Boothroyd’s England under-21s conceded two very late goals to lose their opening game at the European Under-21 Championship at the Stadio Dino Manuzzi in Cesena on Tuesday.

The Young Lions dominated territory and possession without creating any chances before Manchester City’s Phil Foden opened the scoring less than 10 minutes into the second half with a sublime solo effort.

Moussa Dembele had seen a penalty saved by England goalkeeper Dean Henderson in the first half, awarded by VAR.

The game changer came on 62 minutes when Leicester City’s Hamza Choudhury was shown a yellow card for a nasty two-footed lunge on Jonathan Bamba inside the penalty area. England’s only holding midfielder was initially shown a yellow card before the referee consulted with VAR. Houssem Aouar struck the post with the result spot kick.

From then on it was all France and an equalising goal was inevitable. It came in the 89th minute through Jonathan Ikone after Jay DaSilva allowed him to cut inside to create space for a shot. England looked poor in defence and it didn’t help that the manager sent on striker Tammy Abraham to play on the left wing.

France scored their winner five minutes into stoppage time. In fact, it was England under-21 right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka who smashed the ball into his own net as he attempted to clear a goal-bound effort.

Watch the highlights from England under-21s 1-2 France under-21s here:

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