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England U20s falls to Brazil 2-1

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In the second match of The Toulon tournament, Brazil proves to be too good for the Young Three Lions.

James Ward-Prowse (8) celebrates with Nathaniel Chalobah (4) after scoring against Brazil. Photo Credit
James Ward-Prowse (8) celebrates with Nathaniel Chalobah (4) after scoring against Brazil. Photo Credit
Christopher Lee

After opening The Toulon tournament with a bang, winning their first match 3-0 against Qatar, England U20s was defeated by Brazil 2-1. Brazil raced to a two-goal lead before Southampton's James Ward-Prowse halved the deficit with a well taken free kick.

Brazil opened the scoring following a defensive mix-up between England defenders, which allow Allison to give Brazil the lead after only seven minutes. England could not find a breakthrough, and find themselves trailing 1-0 at halftime. Things did not start well for England in the second half, as Lucas Silva managed to capitalize on a poor back pass from Liam Moore in the 46th minute, to give Brazil a 2-0 cushion.

England finally gets on board with a goal from James Ward-Prowse in the 71st minute, as he curled his free-kick into the top corner beyond the reach of Brazil's goalkeeper. But it proves to be a mere consolation as Gareth Southgate's boys failed to find the elusive equalizer. With the defeat, England currently sits at third place with three points after two games, trailing South Korea in second place by a point (though having played one game more than England), while Brazil sits on top with a perfect nine points from three games.

England will next play South Korea on the 28th of May, before concluding their group stage with a showdown against Colombia on 30th of May. Only the group winners progress to the final on Sunday, June 1st, while the runner-up in both groups played in the third-place match.

England vs Brazil lineups (via TheFA.com)

England (4-2-3-1)

Jack Butland, Tyias Browning, Liam Moore, Michael Keane, Luke Garbutt, James Ward-Prowse, Nathaniel Chalobah, Jordan Cousins, Jake Forster-Caskey, Nathan Redmond, Saido Berahino

Substitutes: Cauley Woodrow for Forster-Caskey (51'), Brad Smith for Garbutt (60'), Solly March for Cousins (80')