England U20 3 Uruguay U20 2: Young Lions qualify for last 16 in front of hostile crowd as God Save the King booed
England Under-20s secured qualification for the last 16 of the World Cup with a 3-2 win over Uruguay in front of a hostile crowd in Argentina.
The Young Lions are now at the top of Group E, awaiting Tunisia’s clash with Iraq to see if they can progress as winners.
The game didn’t start on the best of omens as the national anthem was booed by numerous fans at the Estadio Unico Diego Armando Maradona stadium.
But that wasn’t enough to deter Ian Foster’s men, who started strong and took the lead after just 22 minutes.
Bashir Humphreys, one of Chelsea’s many loanees currently playing for Paderborn, was the first player to join Foster’s side.
England doubled their lead in the first half but let it last until the fourth minute of added time.
Back then, Tottenham’s Alfie Devine beat Penarol’s Randall Rodriguez.
Uruguay fought back in the second half, giving England a cause for concern as Danubio’s Franco Gonzalez beat Brentford’s Matthew Aidan Cox.
However, Marcelo Broli’s side failed to equalize and instead saw England secure victory just before the end of the game.
This time it was Leeds’ Darko Gyabi who put the ball in the net in the fifth minute of added time.
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Uruguay’s Matias Abaldo added the missing goal but Foster’s men held on and are now looking forward to the last 16.
It’s a perfect start for England as they also won their first game against Tunisia 1-0 thanks to Dane Scarlett’s winner.
Now the Young Lions meet Iraq on Sunday and hope to secure first place.