England U21 3 Scotland U21 1: Young Lions convincing in Euros pursuit

Modesto Morganelli
Ottobre 7, 2017

The midfielder's spectacular half- volley fired the hosts to the top of Group Four as they brushed aside their old rivals at the Riverside Stadium.

Boothroyd's young guns swept the Auld Enemy aside with an outstanding display in stark contrast to the turgid fare dished up by the senior side, which saw fed-up fans resort to making paper aeroplanes to deal with the tedium as Southgate's men huffed and puffed their way to next summer's World Cup finals in Russian Federation with victory over Slovenia at Wembley.

Scotland pulled one back through Chris Cadden but a fabulous ball from Onomah played in Abraham, who selflessly squared it to Dominic Solanke to make it three.

Scotland beat Holland 2-0 last month to open the group up but showed little sign of life after Onomah's 14th-minute opener.

Four minutes later Abraham poked Dominic Calvert-Lewin's cross against the post and Demarai Gray shot wide as England threatened more goals.

The hosts dictated the tempo with the game in danger of becoming a procession for the Young Lions.

Scotland barely looked like the side which upset Holland in the first half, with West Brom's £15m man Oliver Burke and St Mirren striker Lewis Morgan anonymous. Solanke should have added gloss to a fine first-half display but miscued his header wide from six yards out.

Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham, who is on-loan at Swansea City, then won and scored a penalty to double England's lead.

England seemed to be strolling to victory but they slipped up with 12 minutes left when Joe Gomez was caught out and Oliver McBurnie teed up Cadden for a tap-in.

But a minute later Solanke restored the hosts' two-goal lead and sealed the win when Abraham unselfishly set him up after being sent clear by Onomah's brilliant through ball.

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