Euro U21 Qualifying
England U211Wales U210

England U21 1-0 Wales U21

Nathan Redmond

England's Under-21 side are on the verge of qualifying for the Euro 2015 play-offs after Nathan Redmond's goal helped them beat Wales.

The Norwich winger had two good chances before he cut in from the left to find the bottom corner from 20 yards.

Victory keeps England top of their group, and with the top two advancing, they are nine points clear of third-placed Wales with three games left.

Wales' best chance came when Wes Burns fired wide with Jack Butland to beat.

The visitors were also inches from equalising when Tom Lawrence's shot deflected past Butland's post.

Even though those opportunities were isolated, Geraint Williams's stubborn side will hope they can overtake second-placed Moldova to join England in the next stage.

Gareth Southgate's England team could easily have made the scoreline more comfortable had Redmond, West Brom striker Saido Berahino and Crystal Palace winger Thomas Ince been more clinical in front of goal.

But without hitting the heights of a record 9-0 win over San Marino in their last game, England continued their unbeaten qualification campaign and are now six points above their nearest group rivals.

QPR loanee Ravel Morrison was substituted in the second half after an underwhelming performance but England enjoyed better possession throughout the contest at Derby County's iPro Stadium.

While solid, the hosts could not quite open up the Welsh side, who had the best chance before the break when Burns raced clear of John Stones on the counter attack but dragged his shot wide.

That opportunity appeared to focus the England players' minds as they improved but they were missing a spark in the final third until Redmond found the bottom corner after 56 minutes following a jinking run.

Line-ups

England U21

  • 1Butland
  • 2Jenkinson
  • 5Stones
  • 14ChalobahSubstituted forMooreat 74'minutes
  • 3Robinson
  • 8Ward-Prowse
  • 4Carroll
  • 7Ince
  • 10MorrisonSubstituted forHughesat 71'minutes
  • 11Redmond
  • 9BerahinoSubstituted forIngsat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Moore
  • 13Bond
  • 15Hughes
  • 16Lingard
  • 17Zaha
  • 18Ings
  • 19Lascelles

Wales U21

  • 1Roberts
  • 2Freeman
  • 5Tancock
  • 6Walsh
  • 3John
  • 11Isgrove
  • 4Lucas
  • 8PritchardSubstituted forWilliamsat 83'minutes
  • 7Lawrence
  • 10O'SullivanSubstituted forEvansat 66'minutes
  • 9BurnsSubstituted forOglebyat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Dibble
  • 13Fox
  • 14Evans
  • 15Hewitt
  • 16Williams
  • 17Edwards
  • 18Ogleby
Referee:
Nicolas Rainville

Match Stats

Home TeamEngland U21Away TeamWales U21
Possession
Home67%
Away33%
Shots
Home17
Away6
Shots on Target
Home2
Away0
Corners
Home9
Away2
Fouls
Home8
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, England U21 1, Wales U21 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, England U21 1, Wales U21 0.

Will Hughes (England U21) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Scott Tancock (Wales U21).

Nathan Redmond (England U21) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Kieran Freeman (Wales U21).

Corner, England U21. Conceded by Connor Roberts.

Attempt saved. Danny Ings (England U21) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Will Hughes.

Corner, Wales U21. Conceded by Liam Moore.

Carl Jenkinson (England U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Lawrence (Wales U21).

Corner, Wales U21. Conceded by John Stones.

Attempt blocked. Tom Lawrence (Wales U21) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by George Williams.

Substitution

Substitution, Wales U21. George Williams replaces Josh Pritchard.

Corner, England U21. Conceded by Kieran Freeman.

Attempt missed. Jack Robinson (England U21) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is high and wide to the left following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Wales U21. Robert Ogleby replaces Wes Burns.

Corner, England U21. Conceded by Kieran Freeman.

Attempt blocked. Tom Carroll (England U21) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nathan Redmond.

Substitution

Substitution, England U21. Liam Moore replaces Nathaniel Chalobah because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match (Wales U21).

Substitution

Substitution, England U21. Will Hughes replaces Ravel Morrison.

Attempt missed. Thomas Ince (England U21) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Nathan Redmond.

Foul by Nathaniel Chalobah (England U21).

Lee Evans (Wales U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Wales U21. Connor Roberts tries a through ball, but Wes Burns is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, England U21. Danny Ings replaces Saido Berahino.

Substitution

Substitution, Wales U21. Lee Evans replaces Tommy O'Sullivan.

Attempt missed. Saido Berahino (England U21) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Thomas Ince with a cross.

Foul by James Ward-Prowse (England U21).

Tommy O'Sullivan (Wales U21) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by John Stones (England U21).

Wes Burns (Wales U21) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Thomas Ince (England U21).

Kieran Freeman (Wales U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! England U21 1, Wales U21 0. Nathan Redmond (England U21) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jack Robinson.

Attempt blocked. Tom Lawrence (Wales U21) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Nathaniel Chalobah (England U21).

Tom Lawrence (Wales U21) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Wednesday 5th March 2014

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England U2176102412319
2Moldova U21741292713
3Wales U21731387110
4Finland U2172329819
5Lithuania U217214514-97
6San Marino U219117225-234

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Denmark U2186202662020
2Russia U217511137616
3Slovenia U217223121028
4Estonia U217223512-78
5Bulgaria U2182241517-28
6Andorra U217016120-191

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Slovakia U2164111761113
2Netherlands U2143101321110
3Georgia U217223813-58
4Scotland U21521278-17
5Luxembourg U216015218-161

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain U2166002251718
2Austria U2164021211112
3Hungary U216204811-36
4Bosnia and Herzegovina U216204916-76
5Albania U218206715-86

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Croatia U2165011631315
2Switzerland U2164021651112
3Ukraine U2132017436
4Latvia U215203810-26
5Liechtenstein U216006126-250

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany U2164201551014
2Montenegro U21632196311
3Romania U21623110829
4R. of Ireland U217223101008
5Faroe Islands U217016823-151

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Poland U217502167915
2Greece U2164021761112
3Turkey U216312107310
4Sweden U2163121311210
5Malta U217007227-250

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Portugal U2155001641215
2Israel U215302171169
3Norway U216204917-86
4Macedonia U21511337-44
5Azerbaijan U215113511-64

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Serbia U216411126613
2Belgium U21741297213
3Italy U21640294512
4Cyprus U21620468-26
5Northern Ireland U217106213-113

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France U2166002251718
2Iceland U2164021510512
3Kazakhstan U217304713-69
4Armenia U216204514-96
5Belarus U217106512-73
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