Friday, 19 May 2017

England Under-17s lose European Championship final to Spain on penalties

• England 2-2 Spain; Spain win 4-1 on penalties
• England conceded equaliser six minutes into stoppage time

The next generation of England footballers last night suffered a fate their seniors are all too familiar with when they lost the final of the Under-17 European Championship to Spain on penalties. England were leading six minutes into injury time when Nacho Díaz headed past Josef Bursik to make it 2-2 at the end of their 80-minute match.

The game went straight into a penalty shootout, with England’s heads clearly scrambled, having been seconds away from winning the tournament in Croatia. In the shootout, with Uefa trialling a system similar to the tie-break in tennis, with one team taking a penalty, and thereafter everyone taking two in a row, Aidan Barlow tucked the first penalty away but he was the only England player to convert as Rhian Brewster and Joel Latibeaudiere missed.

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from Football | The Guardian