Euro U21 Qualifying - Group 4
England U21England U212Ukraine U21Ukraine U211

England U21 2-1 Ukraine U21

Dominic Solanke scores for England Under-21s against Ukraine
Dominic Solanke scored his fourth goal in his 10th appearance for England Under-21s

England Under-21s restored their five-point lead at the top of their European Championship qualifying group with dramatic 2-1 victory over Ukraine.

Dominic Solanke's 88th-minute header proved decisive as England recorded a sixth consecutive victory in Sheffield.

Mykola Shaparenko drew Ukraine level in the 83rd minute after Dominic Calvert-Lewin had opened the scoring before the break at Bramall Lane.

The Netherlands had beaten Andorra 1-0 earlier to cut the gap to two points.

While England now occupy a commanding position in their six-team group, they were fortunate to claim victory against a fluent Ukraine side.

Manager Aidy Boothroyd handed Fulham's Ryan Sessegnon, 17, a debut as one of 10 changes to his starting XI from the side that defeated Romania in a friendly on Saturday.

But for long periods England appeared disjointed in their play despite going ahead when Everton striker, Calvert-Lewin, dashed on to James Maddison's well weighted pass to slip the ball past the Ukraine goalkeeper Andriy Lunin.

The second period followed the same pattern and England right-back Jonjoe Kenny brilliantly blocked Maksym Lunyov's pile-driver on the goal line, before substitute Shaparenko restored parity for the Ukrainians with a textbook header into the corner.

However, with time running out, Ben Chilwell escaped down the left and his cross was met by an almost identical header from another substitute, the Liverpool forward, Solanke.

England host the Netherlands in their next qualifier in September with four games remaining in their group before the finals in 2019.


England U21

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Gunn
  • 2Kenny
  • 5Fry
  • 6Worrall
  • 3Chilwell
  • 4Davies
  • 8OnomahBooked at 71mins
  • 7GraySubstituted forLookmanat 74'minutes
  • 10MaddisonSubstituted forSolankeat 77'minutes
  • 11R Sessegnon
  • 9Calvert-LewinSubstituted forMaitland-Nilesat 90+1'minutes


  • 12Abraham
  • 13Woodman
  • 15Clarke-Salter
  • 18Lookman
  • 19Maitland-Niles
  • 20Solanke
  • 23Walker-Peters

Ukraine U21

Formation 4-5-1

  • 23Lunin
  • 22Luchkevich
  • 13ZotkoBooked at 43mins
  • 2Lukyanchuk
  • 3Kravets
  • 8VakulkoSubstituted forShaparenkoat 63'minutes
  • 20Pikhalyonok
  • 15Shepelev
  • 10Kovalenko
  • 7LunevSubstituted forTretiakovat 80'minutes
  • 21DovbykSubstituted forZubkovat 74'minutesBooked at 90mins


  • 6Shaparenko
  • 11Zubkov
  • 12Makhankov
  • 14Tymchyk
  • 16Tsymbalyuk
  • 17Shved
  • 19Tretiakov
Mads Kristoffersen

Match Stats

Home TeamEngland U21Away TeamUkraine U21
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, England U21 2, Ukraine U21 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, England U21 2, Ukraine U21 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dominic Solanke (England U21) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ademola Lookman.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, England U21. Ainsley Maitland-Niles replaces Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

  5. Booking

    Oleksandr Zubkov (Ukraine U21) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

    Dael Fry (England U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Oleksandr Zubkov (Ukraine U21).

  8. Post update

    Hand ball by Tom Davies (England U21).

  9. Goal!

    Goal! England U21 2, Ukraine U21 1. Dominic Solanke (England U21) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ben Chilwell with a cross.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tom Davies (England U21) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Dominic Solanke.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! England U21 1, Ukraine U21 1. Mykola Shaparenko (Ukraine U21) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Maksym Tretiakov with a cross.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ivan Zotko (Ukraine U21) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is too high. Assisted by Oleksandr Pikhalyonok.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Ukraine U21. Maksym Tretiakov replaces Maxim Lunev.

  14. Post update

    Dominic Solanke (England U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Volodymyr Shepelev (Ukraine U21).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, England U21. Dominic Solanke replaces James Maddison.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Ukraine U21. Oleksandr Zubkov replaces Artem Dovbyk.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, England U21. Ademola Lookman replaces Demarai Gray.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mykola Shaparenko (Ukraine U21) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Ukraine U21. Conceded by Jonjoe Kenny.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 27th March 2018

  • England U21England U212Ukraine U21Ukraine U211
  • Cyprus U21Cyprus U210Sweden U21Sweden U211
  • Greece U21Greece U213Czech Rep U21Czech Republic U210
  • Georgia U21Georgia U212Denmark U21Denmark U212
  • Kazakhstan U21Kazakhstan U213Luxembourg U21Luxembourg U210
  • Turkey U21Turkey U214Malta U21Malta U212
  • Croatia U21Croatia U214Moldova U21Moldova U210
  • Switzerland U21Switzerland U212Portugal U21Portugal U214
  • Slovakia U21Slovakia U214Albania U21Albania U211
  • Bulgaria U21Bulgaria U213Slovenia U21Slovenia U210
  • Poland U21Poland U211Lithuania U21Lithuania U210
  • Andorra U21Andorra U210Netherlands U21Netherlands U211

As It Stood


1Greece U2176102222019
2Croatia U2175112151616
3Belarus U21631286210
4Czech Rep U2163121012-210
5Moldova U217106520-153
6San Marino U217007122-210


1Spain U2166001961318
2Slovakia U2174031215-312
3Northern Ireland U2173221110111
4Iceland U2162227618
5Albania U217133711-46
6Estonia U217016715-81


1Poland U216420146814
2Denmark U2164112271513
3Georgia U217223915-68
4Finland U215131811-36
5Faroe Islands U216123611-55
6Lithuania U216105312-93


1England U216510123916
2Netherlands U2163211441011
3Ukraine U21622211658
4Scotland U2162227708
5Latvia U216033210-83
6Andorra U216024117-162


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2R. of Ireland U216411103713
3Kosovo U21832388011
4Norway U217322109111
5Israel U2172141016-67
6Azerbaijan U217016322-191


1Belgium U217520135817
2Sweden U2164201441014
3Hungary U216321106411
4Turkey U21722379-28
5Cyprus U218206718-116
6Malta U216006514-90


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4Armenia U217214511-67
5Gibraltar U218107125-243
6Macedonia U216105613-73


1Bosnia and Herzegovina U2175021951415
2Portugal U2164111771013
3Romania U21633093612
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1France U2177002051521
2Slovenia U216312109110
3Kazakhstan U217232111109
4Bulgaria U2162229818
5Montenegro U217115714-74
6Luxembourg U217115616-104
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