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Published 17 November 2023 4 min read
Men's U18

Report: England 1-2 Brazil

Written by:

Nicholas Veevers

Ryan Garry's Young Lions end U17 World Cup group stage in Indonesia with defeat against Brazil


England ended their group stage games at the FIFA U17 World Cup with a narrow defeat against Brazil, but still progress to the knock-out stages as group leaders.

The Young Lions already knew they were through to the knock-out stages after winning their first two games against New Caledonia and Iran, but still had to face a Brazilian team who needed a victory to seal their own progress.

And it led to a thrilling first half in Jakarta, with both teams playing at a high tempo and looking to attack in what turned out to be a real game of cat and mouse.

In the end, England finished the group on top, by virtue of goal difference, after bettering Brazil's tally by one goal, which means they will remain in Jakarta to take Uzbekistan on Wednesday morning (8.30am GMT).

Ryan Garry’s team were the brighter of the sides in those opening exchanges too, enjoying possession and confidently probing their South American opponents.

And the Young Lions came closest in the opening stages, as Matty Warhurst saw a stunning volley crash back off the bar in the 20th minute, before Joel Ndala curled narrowly wide from the edge of the box seconds later after being set up by Justin Oboavwoduo.
Finley McAllister gets stuck into a midfield battle
Finley McAllister gets stuck into a midfield battle
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Highlights: England 1-2 Brazil

The best of the action as the Young Lions take on the South Americans in their final group game at the FIFA U17 World Cup

Brazil had their own moment soon after when Harrison Murray-Campbell had to clear off the line when Pedro Lima slipped in down the right and clipped a cross-shot across goal.

Warhurst came close again in the 26th minute, when his downward header was superbly saved by Brazil ‘keeper Gabriel after Oboavwoduo had chipped a cross towards his Manchester City teammate at the far post.

It was then Brazil’s turn to be denied by the woodwork as they started to turn up the heat, when Estevao’s low drive from the edge of the area flew past Tommy Setford before bouncing back off the post just after the half-hour mark.

But the deadlock was broken just before the break when Kaua Elias fired Brazil ahead with a crisp volley after Estevao’s jinking run into the box saw the ball break loose.

As the first half came to an end Samuel Amo-Ameyaw fashioned a chance for himself following a neat drag-back on the edge of the area, before seeing his low shot drift just wide of the post.
The Young Lions' starting line up for the game in Jakarta
The Young Lions' starting line up for the game in Jakarta
England were dealt a blow less than ten minutes after the re-start though, when Brazil doubled their lead through Da Mata’s header after a whipped cross from the left by Camilo, which evaded the grasp of Setford before creeping into the bottom corner.

There was a lifeline for England in the 69th minute though, when a penalty was awarded after a foul on Ndala by Pedro Lima was checked and confirmed following a lengthy VAR review.

Ndala himself stepped up to confidently fire home the spot kick and reduce the arrears with what proved to be a vital goal in helping England seal their top spot.

As the game wore on, and with both teams making changes, the tempo slowed down and with 15 minutes of time added on England moved back onto the front foot in the search for an equaliser.

But with seconds remaining, England were thankful for Setford who completed an impressive individual performance to save a long-range shot before Brazil played out time to seal their own progress.

England will now remain in Jakarta for their next game and will be back in action on Wednesday (8.30am GMT) when they face Uzbekistan.

England: 1 Tommy Setford (Ajax), 2 Josh Acheampong (Chelsea), 3 Jayden Meghoma (Southampton), 4 Finley McAllister (Manchester United), 5 Lakyle Samuel (Manchester City) (c), 12 Harrison Murray-Campbell (Chelsea), 8 Michael Golding (Chelsea), 9 Justin Oboavwoduo (Manchester City), 10 Samuel Amo-Ameyaw (Southampton)11 Joel Ndala (Manchester City), 19 Matty Warhurst (Manchester City),

Substitutes: 18 Chris Rigg (Sunderland) for Amo-Ameyaw 62, 20 Ethan Nwaneri (Arsenal) for Oboavwoduo, 16 Myles Lewis-Skelly (Arsenal) for McAllister 62, 17 Archie Stevens (Glasgow Rangers) for Warhurst 90+13, 7 Tyler Dibling (Southampton) for Ndala 90+13

Substitutes not used: 6 Ishé Samuels Smith (Chelsea), 13 Ted Curd (Hashtag United, loan from Chelsea), 14 Reiss-Alexander Russell-Denny (Chelsea) 15 Joe Johnson (Luton Town), 21 Finley Herrick (West Ham United)

Head coach: Ryan Garry

Goals: Joel Ndala 69