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England held to a stalemate by South Korea

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The U20s was held to a 1-1 draw against South Korea erasing any hopes of advancing to the final.

Woodrow scoring the opener for The Young Three Lions. Photo Credit
Woodrow scoring the opener for The Young Three Lions. Photo Credit
Christopher Lee

After a defeat against Brazil in the previous match, England U20s was eager to pick up maximum points in their remaining two group matches in order to keep their hopes of reaching the final of the tournament alive. The two teams standing in England's way are South Korea and Colombia.

England started brightly as they get on the scoresheet after just three minutes, with Fulham's Cauley Woodrow opening the scoring. Skipper James Ward-Prowse played a pass to Jake Forster-Caskey who then slides a one-touch pass for Woodrow, who then cooly slots it past the South Korean goalkeeper. With the lead, England continued to press for another goal, while South Korea rarely threaten Jonathan Bond's goal.

The second half saw South Korea with two chances to level the score, but both of their attempts was deflected wide. England however could not find the elusive second goal to give them some distance with their Asian counterparts, and they would rue their missed chances when South Korea equalizes in the 54th minute. A low drive by Chang Min Lee went to the bottom corner as Bond could only watch.

Woodrow manages to score again with a header following a cross from Norwich City's Nathan Redmond, however he was flagged offside. That proves to be a crucial decision as neither side could not a winner in the second half.

The result means that England could only finish second at the most, should they pick a point against Colombia in the penultimate game. Brazil will play in the final after finishing top of the group with maximum points from four games. South Korea will be hoping England slipped to a defeat as they already completed the group stage with five points from four games but have an inferior goal difference to England's.

England vs South Korea line-ups (via

England (4-1-4-1): Jonathan Bond (Watford), Eric Dier (Sporting Lisbon), Michael Keane (Manchester United), Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough), Luke Garbutt (Everton), James Ward-Prowse (captain, Southampton), Nathan Redmond (Norwich City), Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton), Nathaniel Chalobah (Chelsea), Brad Smith (Liverpool), Cauley Woodrow (Fulham)

Subs: Solly March (Brighton) for Smith, Will Keane (Manchester United) for Forster-Caskey, Tyias Browning (Everton) for Dier