England U17s hold on to beat Mexico in topsy-turvy World Cup clash

England U17s hold on to beat Mexico in topsy-turvy World Cup clash

11/10/2017 at 13:29Updated 12/10/2017 at 11:34

England held on for a 3-2 win over Mexico in their U17 World Cup Group F clash to seal a place in the knockout stages.

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An irresistible England opened the scoring when Rhian Brewster curled in a gem of a free-kick on 39 minutes.

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And the classy Three Lions stretched to a three-goal lead with goals from Phil Foden and Jadon Sancho after the break.

But the match turned on its head late on, with a brace from Diego Lainez-Leyva setting up a nervy finish.

The result confirms England’s progress from the group stage, but the second half collapse will give them plenty to think about after such a strong start to the tournament.

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The England U17s were beaten in the final of the European Championships in the summer and look well-placed to go one better in India.

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Sancho may have been the star of England's opening game, but the Borussia Dortmund winger was overshadowed against Mexico by Phil Foden, who produced a creative masterclass against a well organised Mexico defence.

Brewster made amends for a bad miss early on with his superb free-kick opener, while centre-back Joel Latibeaudiere also impressed.

The only downside for England was a tough afternoon for right-back Timothy Eyoma, who struggled to cope with Mexico's exceptionally strong left-sided attack.

England's third and final group game is against Iraq on Saturday 14 October.

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