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Dominic Solanke’s goal takes England through to the Semis

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England Under 20 team prevailed 1-0 winners against Mexico Under 20 in the quarterfinals of FIFA Under 20 World Cup.

England qualified for the FIFA Under 20 World Cup semifinal for the first time since 1993 and Dominic Solanke’s only goal was enough to hold Mexico despite Onomah’s red card.

England have struggled in this particular tournament in the past, but the young Lions have had a flawless campaign so far and are looking to go all the way in Korea.

Ademola Lookman, the Everton youngster was influential in the Round of 16match against Costa Rica as he scored twice. His Combination with Solanke was looking good as they trade passes but Mexico’s defence was sharp enough to cut it off.

Moments later Solanke was inches away from scoring Kieran Dowell’s cross from the right after Jonjoe Kenny played him clear.

Lookman linked up with Adam Armstrong at the quarter-hour mark and found him clear, but the Newcastle United man dragged the shot wide, for his relief he had a look towards the offside flag.

Mexico gradually got in the game but England finished stronger in the 1st half as Solanke dribbled past three defenders and pass it on to Armstrong. He fired the shot from a narrow-angle the Mexican goalkeeper Abraham Romero managed to block it with his chest.

Despite being the better side the Young Lions were yet to be rewarded. But they did not have to wait for long as they were deservingly rewarded just after 2 minutes from the interval.

Solanke collected the ball from Lewis Cook inside the ‘D’ of the penalty box, the Liverpool youngster was quick to turn and fire the shot towards goal. Romero got a hand to it, but it was not enough to stop the ball from going in.

The latest Liverpool signing has scored his 2nd goal in this tournament, the first came in a 3-0 win against Argentina in their first match of the campaign.

England could have doubled their lead when Josh Onomah curled a shot against the post from the edge of the box. England again came close to when Dowell, another Everton youngster fired a deflected shot which was scrambled away from the goal line.

Freddie Woodman needed some quick reactions to stop Antuna’s shot from distance as the England keeper was brought first time into action.

As the game reached the hour mark Woodman made a terrific save, as he denied Magana from close range.

But the Young Lions dealt a big blow when Onomah was shown the 2nd yellow card, as he accidentally caught the heel of an opponent player, as he ran away from him.

But Paul Simpson’s England side was calm and composed and held firm with 10 men throughout the remaining 18 minutes plus the 4 added minutes to book a place in the FIFA Under 20 World Cup Semifinal.

The Young Lions will play Italy in the Semi final, as Uruguay will battle it out against Venezuela in the other Semifinal.