England Under-20 team chases rare global title vs Venezuela

England Under-20 team chases rare global title vs Venezuela

England players celebrate after defeating Venezuela 1-0 to win the final of the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-20 World Cup Korea 2017 at Suwon World Cup Stadium in Suwon, South Korea, Sunday, June 11, 2017.

The moment of drama added to a match which was full of incident, with both sides hitting the woodwork before England closed out an historic win to lift their first global title since the 1966 World Cup.

The raucous crowd roared their approval when Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored what would be the game's only goal on 35 minutes to hand England its first U20 world title. Liverpool will be a fresh start with, should all go to plan, a clearer route by which to make up for lost time. "This group of players has given everything to get here, to travel this handsome road during this attractive tournament and this team is here thanks to the belief it has had", Venezuela captain Yangel Herrera said.

Speaking about manager Paul Simpson's approach to the final, Solanke revealed: "There have been no special words from the manager, he's just told us to focus on the next game, as he always does".

The Venezuelan defence was having difficulty in dealing with England's two Dominics - Solanke and Calvert-Lewin - at the other end, and the latter opened the scoring with a goal that demonstrated England's superior strength and composure in the final third. "We know what we want to do".


Like many in this country stricken by political, social and economic turmoil, De Astudillo's family celebrated Venezuela reaching its first soccer World Cup final after beating Uruguay in a penalty shootout in the semifinals of the under-20 tournament in South Korea.

Calvert-Lewin broke the deadlock 10 minutes before the break.

"Congratulations to England U20's who are World Cup winners". Venezuela's star man Adalberto Penaranda struck straight down the centre of the goal and though Woodman dived to his right, he was able to outstretch his left arm and claw the spot-kick away.

Venezuela's increasing pressure finally paid off when Penaranda was brought down by Jake Clarke-Salter and the referee Bjorn Kuipers pointed to the spot, with his decision confirmed by video review.

The domestic game, Plasencia says, needs further strengthening so players like Herrera don't get "lost from sight".

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