Freddie Woodman match winning performance sends England and Newcastle pair into World Cup semis
Freddie Woodman has put in an inspirational performance in South Korea, his clean sheet sending England into the last four of the Under 2os World Cup for the first time since 1993.
Monday’s match kicked off at 12 noon UK time and both Woodman and Adam Armstrong were named in England’s starting 11 to take on Mexico.
England starting 11 v Mexico:
Woodman, Kenny, Cook, Tomori, Onomah, Armstrong, Solanke, Lookman, Walker-Peters, Fry, Dowell
Adam Armstrong had one decent effort in a tight first half but his shot was straight at the keeper, whilst England were indebted to Freddie Woodman for going in level at the break, the Newcastle keeper making a brilliant save to stop a shot that was right in the bottom corner.
Only two minutes after the break, Dominic Solanke put England ahead with what turned out to be the only goal of the match.
However, England were once again indebted to Woodman, the pick of his second-half saves being when Antuna was through one on one in the 56th minute.
Armstrong had one decent shot that was blocked in the second period before making way for Dominic Calvert-Lewin with 20 minutes remaining.
However, only two minutes after the Newcastle striker departed, England’s Joshua Onomah picked up a second yellow and was sent off.
The final 18 minutes of normal time plus four added minutes, saw England survive a few scares, a combination of Freddie Woodman and erratic finishing keeping England ahead.
The final whistle seeing England through to play Italy in Thursday’s semi-finals.
Venezuela 2 USA 1
Portugal 2 Uruguay 2 (Uruguay won 5-4 on penalties)
Italy 3 Zambia 2 (after extra time)
Mexico 0 England 1
Thursday 8 June
Venezuela v Uruguay
Italy v England
3rd/4th Place Play-Off
Sunday 11 June
Sunday 11 June
England Matches so far:
England 3 Argentina 0
England 1 Guinea 1
England 1 South Korea 0
England 2 Costa Rica 1
England 1 Mexico 0
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