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England U17 0-0 Holland U17 (5-6 pens): Young Lions lose on penalties

England U17 0-0 Holland U17 (5-6 pens): Young Lions suffer semi-final defeat on penalties with Gareth Southgate watching from stands

  • England Under 17s crashed out of the Euros after losing on penalties to Holland
  • Folarin Balogun missed his spot kick, after 11 straight penalties were scored
  • Both sides played out an entertaining 0-0 and Holland will face Italy in the final 

By Adam Shergold for the Daily Mail

Published: 16:03 EDT, 17 May 2018 | Updated: 19:54 EDT, 17 May 2018

England's Young Lions suffered that familiar tournament rite of passage as their home European Championship campaign came to a sudden halt with penalty shoot-out defeat by Holland.

Folarin Balogun was the unfortunate one — and there always must be one — who saw his spot-kick repelled by keeper Joey Koorevaar after the two sides had converted 11 perfect penalties.

It brings to an end an adventure on home soil that earned them the warm applause of a near 8,000 crowd in Chesterfield, but Holland are the ones to advance to Sunday's final against Italy. 

Folarin Balogum saw his penalty saved after the previous 11 went in as England Under 17s lost
Folarin Balogum saw his penalty saved after the previous 11 went in as England Under 17s lost

Folarin Balogum saw his penalty saved after the previous 11 went in as England Under 17s lost

England's U17 players react after the penalty was saved, ending their Euro-U17 campaign
England's U17 players react after the penalty was saved, ending their Euro-U17 campaign

England's U17 players react after the penalty was saved, ending their Euro-U17 campaign

Holland's U17 players celebrate after winning 6-5 on penalties to reach the Euro U17 final


MATCH FACTS 

England (4-2-3-1): Ashby-Hammond; Daley-Campbell, Ogbeta, Alese, Saka; Daly, Garner (c); Appiah, Anjorin (Dixon-Bonner 65), Tulloch (Balogun 74); Duncan (John-Jules 69)

Subs not used: Dewhurst (GK); Crowe, Coyle

Manager : Steve Cooper

Booked: Daley-Campbell

Holland (4-2-3-1): Korenaar; J. Maduro, Van Gelderen, Mamengi, Hendriks; Q. Maduro, Burger; Summerville (Tavsan 59), Redan (c), Ihattaren; Brobbey (Gravenberch 64)

Subs not used: Bakker (GK); Musmapa, Franken, Thomas, Lake, Goudmijn

Coach: Kees Van Wonderern

Booked: Hendriks

Referee: Horatiu Fesnic (Romania)

Attendance: 7,952

The English group will learn from the ever-bitter experience of defeat in this manner. As a nation, we have been here so many times before.

The shoot-out heartache followed a compelling game that saw plenty of chances for both sides but finished goalless with Gareth Southgate watching on.

In the end, it was Steve Cooper's side who were left to rue not converting the openings that fell their way.

But Holland, arguably second-best overall, will be favourites to win the trophy when they meet Italy in Rotherham.

Cooper said: 'It feels painful now, but when the dust settles and the pain goes, they will feel really proud. We have no regrets.

'I am proud and satisfied and we're in a good place to kick on.

'Gareth came into the dressing room and said some words from the heart. He was pleased with how they performed, he said we look like an England team.' 

Balogun was consoled by his team-mates Vontae Daley-Campbell and Elijah Dixon-Bonner
Balogun was consoled by his team-mates Vontae Daley-Campbell and Elijah Dixon-Bonner

Balogun was consoled by his team-mates Vontae Daley-Campbell and Elijah Dixon-Bonner

England U17-goalkeeper Luca Ashby-Hammond got a glove to one penalty but couldn't save it

It was immediately apparent the Dutch would present a superior challenge to anything England had faced so far in the tournament, both technically and physically.

They had stormed through their group with three wins from three, duffing old enemies Germany 3-0 and then Spain 2-0 in the process.

Though they nearly came unstuck in their quarter-final with the Republic of Ireland, prevailing only on penalties having been denied by heroic resistance, there was a stature and presence about them.

That was evident in the game's initial bite, with the lanky Feyenoord midfielder Wouter Burger unafraid to put in a couple of early reducers.

Indeed, there was blood spilt as England keeper Luca Ashby-Hammond took a point-blank Liam van Gelderen strike right on the nose, returning to action with the aid of the physio's smelling salts.

Holland bossed the early exchanges, with Mohammed Ihattaren testing whether Ashby-Hammond was fully alert by forcing him into a parry from 25 yards. 

Gareth Southgate watches on at Chesterfield as the Young Lions played out a 0-0 draw
Gareth Southgate watches on at Chesterfield as the Young Lions played out a 0-0 draw

Gareth Southgate watches on at Chesterfield as the Young Lions played out a 0-0 draw

Faustino Anjorin takes a shot during England U17 Euro semi-final with Holland on Thursday
Faustino Anjorin takes a shot during England U17 Euro semi-final with Holland on Thursday

Faustino Anjorin takes a shot during England U17 Euro semi-final with Holland on Thursday

PENALTY SHOOT-OUT

Burger (Hol) - SCORED 1-0

John-Jules (Eng) - SCORED 1-1

Ihattaren (Hol) - SCORED 2-1

Daly (Eng) - SCORED 2-2

Hendriks (Hol) - SCORED 3-2

Saka (Eng) - SCORED 3-3

Tavsan (Hol) - SCORED 4-3

Ashby-Hammond (Eng) - SCORED 4-4

J. Maduro (Hol) - SCORED 5-4

Appiah (Eng) - SCORED 5-5

Q. Maduro (Hol) - SCORED 6-5

Balogun (Eng) - SAVED 6-5  

But once England figured out they could get beyond the Dutch back line by utilising the pace of Bukayo Saka, Arvin Appiah, Faustino Anjorin and others, they started to make headway.

With captain James Garner and Matthew Daly playing the disrupt-and-destroy role in central midfield, England sprung forward and the chances began to flow.

Neat build-up by Anjorin inside the box teed up Saka but the left back lifted his shot too high, before Vontae Daley-Campbell fizzed in a low cross that Bobby Duncan flicked into the grateful arms of Koorevaar.

An even better chance arrived five minutes before half-time. Chelsea tyro Anjorin danced his way past three tackles on a diagonal dart to the edge of the box and his eventual shot struck the post and bounced agonisingly out. 

Duncan, who scored England's opener in the quarter-final win over Norway on Sunday, then drilled a low free-kick wide of the mark.

On the stroke of half-time, Saka slid a ball across the six-yard box that was begging to be put away. But somehow it evaded unmarked-pair Duncan and Appiah at the back post in a near-miss reminiscent of a certain Paul Gascoigne in another European Championship semi-final held on these shores.

Arvin Appiah (right) is challenged by Holland's Ramon Hendriks (left) in Euro U17 semi-final
Arvin Appiah (right) is challenged by Holland's Ramon Hendriks (left) in Euro U17 semi-final

Arvin Appiah (right) is challenged by Holland's Ramon Hendriks (left) in Euro U17 semi-final

Quinten Maduro (right) tries to find a team-mate during the match at the Proact Stadium
Quinten Maduro (right) tries to find a team-mate during the match at the Proact Stadium

Quinten Maduro (right) tries to find a team-mate during the match at the Proact Stadium

England's challenge was to keep up their supremacy and Ihattaren served notice shortly after the break that Holland wouldn't submit readily. His shot was turned aside by Ashby-Hammond.

PSV Eindhoven man Ihattaren then tricked his way into a fine shooting position before angling his shot across goal.

England neutered the threat with considered possession of their own and Anjorin dug out a shot on the turn inside the box but scooped it wide.

In the process, Anjorin appeared to pick up a knock and went off shortly afterwards. Rayhaan Tulloch followed him to the treatment table in the final minutes, putting more strain on England, but they negotiated their way to penalties.

Just. Ihattaren was there, at the back post unmarked, but couldn't turn home a cross with virtually the last kick, much to England's relief. But Holland would come out on top in the end.

The England-U17 team that started the semi-final against Holland and lost on penalties
The England-U17 team that started the semi-final against Holland and lost on penalties

The England-U17 team that started the semi-final against Holland and lost on penalties

Head coach of the England U17s Steven Cooper watches on as his side crash out on Thursday
Head coach of the England U17s Steven Cooper watches on as his side crash out on Thursday

Head coach of the England U17s Steven Cooper watches on as his side crash out on Thursday

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