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Published 27 May 2024 4 min read
Men's U17

Report: England MU17s 3-1 Spain

Written by:

Thomas Gibson

The Young Lions seal UEFA U17 EURO quarter-final spot and knockout match with Italy after win in Larnaca


England progressed to the knockout stages of the UEFA U17 EURO Finals after a 3-1 victory over Spain in their final group match.

The Young Lions bounced back from their recent defeat against Portugal, with goals coming from Shumaira Mheuka, Mikey Moore and Ethan Nwaneri at the Stadio Antonis Papadopoulos.

This result means Greg Lincoln’s team head into the quarter-finals of the competition after finishing in second place in Group D, behind Portugal.

16-year-old Mheuka put Lincoln’s team ahead in the sixth minute, the striker had his back to goal when he received the ball but his first touch opened the space and he made no mistake when he found the bottom corner on the swivel.

Spain equalised on the 22nd minute through some individual brilliance from Adrian Arnucio, as after beating two players the striker found the top corner.

They applied more attacking pressure after the goal but the England defence stayed compact and Mheuka had a chance to get his second of the evening just before half time, but Arnucio was there to deny him.
Mikey Moore scored England's second goal of the evening to put the Young Lions 2-1 up
Mikey Moore scored England's second goal of the evening to put the Young Lions 2-1 up
And with the game all square going into the final period of the match, an outstanding effort from Moore got him his fourth goal of the tournament in the 73rd minute to give England the lead for the second time of the evening.

Nwaneri relieved all the pressure from England as he extended the lead in the 85th minute, after a swift counter attack allowed the Arsenal midfielder to go one-on-one with the goalkeeper and he placed the ball into the bottom corner.

The Young Lions managed the game in a professional fashion in the final minutes and will now progress to the knockout stages, where they will meet Italy on Thursday evening.

: 13 Oliver Whatmuff (Manchester City), 2 Leo Shahar (Newcastle United), 5 Stephen Mfuni (Manchester City), 6 Kian Noble (Manchester City), 7 Jack Fletcher (Manchester United), 9 Shumaira Mheuka (Chesea), 10 Ethan Nwaneri (Arsenal), 11 Mikey Moore (Tottenham Hotspur), 18 Harry Amass (Manchester United), 19 Callum Olusesi (Tottenham Hotspur), 20 Divine Mukasa (Manchester City).

Substitutes: Christopher Rigg (Sunderland) for Olusesi 63, Christian McFarlane (New York City) for Amass 71, Samuel Ammisah (Fulham) for Shahar for 71, Baylee Dipepa (Port Vale) for Mheuka, 81.

Substitutes not used: 1 Spike Brits (Manchester City), 4 Ollie Harrison (Chelsea), 12 Jaden Dixon (Stoke City), 15 Luca Fletcher (Manchester City), 17 Christian Dunbar-McDonald (Manchester City).

: Mheuka 6, Moore 73, Nwaneri 85.

Head coach: Greg Lincoln