England’s Young Lions are European champions

Man City’s Callum Doyle and Aston Villa pair Carney Chukwuemeka and Aaron Ramsey are the heroes as Ian Foster’s U19s come from behind to beat Israel in extra-time and match 2017 triumph.

England became U19 Euros champions for the second time by producing another impressive comeback to beat Israel 3-1 in the 2022 final on Friday.

After a cagey start in Trnava, the first team to represent Israel in any UEFA club competition found their rhythm and dominated the first half of the contest.

Roy Revivo fired a shot over the crossbar and Tai Abed saw Alex Scott head his close-range strike behind as Israel’s intricate passing repeatedly created chances inside the England penalty area.

Oscar Gloch punished the Young Lions, spinning expertly inside the penalty area and lifting a clinical finish beyond Matthew Cox to deservedly put Israel ahead after 40 minutes.

Tottenham forward Dane Scarlett had England’s only shot on target of the half, turning smartly and seeing his shot saved by Tomer Tzarfati after the goalkeeper had haplessly dropped a cross from the left.

Ian Foster’s side seemed set to miss out on glory with a whimper on the evidence of the first half, but they were transformed after the break.

Manchester City defender Callum Doyle showed a cool head to slot in from close range seven minutes after the restart, and Carney Chukwuemeka sent a shot against a post in the first of two attempts in quick succession as the 2017 champions had by far the better of the chances.

Aston Villa midfielder Chukwuemeka converted one of them in extra time, nudging an inviting cross from Chelsea’s Harvey Vale across the line after the delivery deceived Tzarfati in the 108th minute.

Doyle was the hero as Israel pressed for an equaliser, heading Gloch’s shot off the line with seven minutes remaining. Substitute Liam Delap then rampaged down the left, clambered to his feet and saw his shot parried into the path of Aaron Ramsey, who lashed in England’s third.

Source: Dailymail

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