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Published 25 June 2022 4 min read
Men's U19

Report: Israel 0-1 England MU19s

Written by:

Nicholas Veevers

Liam Delap's early strike makes it three wins from three for England at U19 EURO
England men’s under-19s made it three wins from three games in their group stage at the U19 EURO Finals, with a 1-0 victory over Israel.

Ian Foster’s Young Lions sealed a perfect record in group B after an early goal from Liam Delap proved enough to win the game, on a heavy pitch in Ziar Nad Hranom, Slovakia.

After winning their opening two games against Austria and Serbia in blistering sunshine earlier in the week, a downpour of rain in the hours leading up to kick-off had put this match in doubt, but after a pitch inspection the game went ahead.

And it took the Young Lions less than six minutes to open the scoring when they were gifted the lead, as Israeli goalkeeper Tomer Zarfati’s under-hit goal-kick scuffed across the turf towards the centre circle.

It dropped straight to Alfie Devine on the edge of the centre circle, and when he quickly slipped a pass back through for Delap, the Manchester City striker punished Zarfati with an explosive left-footer into the roof of the net.
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England could’ve added a second as the half wore on, with Sam Isling-Junior flashing a low shot just wide of the post after being set up neatly by captain Carney Chukwuemeka.

And Devine volleyed high and wide from Daniel Oyegoke’s cross from the right as the Young Lions continued to dominate possession and territory.

Given the heavy pitch, it was tricky for either team to really find their rhythm and the game slowed down in the second half.

England had chances to double their lead, with Delap striking wide from close range midway through the half and Alex Scott’s free-kick keeping Zafarti on his toes.

And with Foster’s charges comfortably keeping Israel at bay, they did more than enough to earn another clean sheet as they head into next week’s semi-final with Italy on Tuesday 28 June.

England: 13 Teddy Sharman-Lowe (Chelsea), 5 Ronnie Edwards (Peterborough United), 6 Jarell Quansah (Liverpool), 7 Alfie Devine (Tottenham Hotspur), 8 Carney Chukwuemeka (Aston Villa) (c), 12 Daniel Oyegoke (Brentford), 14 Alex Scott (Bristol City), 15 Luke Chambers (Liverpool), 16 Bashir Humphreys (Chelsea), 17 Sam Iling-Junior (Juventus), 19 Liam Delap (Manchester City)

Substitutes: 3 Callum Doyle (Manchester City) for Edwards 46, 2 Brooke Norton-Cuffy (Arsenal) for Quansah 46, 20 Daniel Jebbison (Sheffield United) for Delap 76, 10 Aaron Ramsey (Aston Villa) for Chukwuemeka 76

Substitutes not used: 1 Matthew Cox (Brentford), 4 Tim Iroegbunam (Aston Villa), 9 Dane Scarlett (Tottenham Hotpsur), 11 Harvey Vale (Chelsea), 18 Jamie Bynoe-Gittens (Borussia Dortmund),

Head coach: Ian Foster

Goals: Liam Delap 6