Euro U21 Qualifying - Group 4
Scotland U210England U212

Reiss Nelson & Kieran Dowell give England U21s 2-0 win over Scotland U21s

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Reiss Nelson hits brilliant free-kick

Reiss Nelson and Kieran Dowell scored as England Under-21s beat Scotland and completed their European Championship qualifying campaign unbeaten.

Aidy Boothroyd's side dominated with Dominic Solanke, Tammy Abraham and Harvey Barnes all passing up chances.

And Hoffenheim's on-loan Arsenal man Nelson struck an impressive free-kick.

Scotland, who had already missed out on qualification, threatened an equaliser through Lewis Morgan before Everton's Dowell curled in a late second.

England, who had secured their place at next year's finals in Italy with a 7-0 win over Andorra on Thursday, remain unbeaten against Scotland at under-21 level.

Scot Gemmill's side will finish fourth in Group 4, having won four and lost four of their 10 matches.

Potent England too much for Scotland

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard and Hibernian head coach Neil Lennon were among the onlookers in the Tynecastle crowd and were no doubt impressed by what the England players had to offer.

The visitors looked extremely comfortable on the ball and it was evident that confidence was brimming throughout the team with chances coming thick and fast.

Jake Clarke-Salter and Josh Onomah had chances in addition to those that fell to Solanke, Abraham and Barnes.

One brief opportunity for Scotland in the first half came when Chris Cadden played in Ross McCrorie only eight yards out but the captain volleyed high over the crossbar.

England continued to control proceedings after the break and, after Italian referee Marco Di Bella awarded a free-kick 30 yards out, Nelson sent a wonderful curling shot into the top corner with goalkeeper Ross Doohan in the Scotland goal unable to get near the ball.

Celtic's Morgan was denied an equaliser when keeper Dean Henderson was forced into full stretch to tip away a shot on the angle and Scotland's Ryan Porteous had a header that hit the top of the crossbar.

But those chances were few and far between and the visitors scored another stunning goal, Dowell bending the ball high past Doohan in added time.

Steven Gerrard
Gerrard's Rangers duo Ross McCrorie and Glenn Middleton featured for Scotland

'Two moments of quality' - reaction

Scotland Under-21s head coach Scot Gemmill: "It was a really high level game. Tactically, defensively we needed to be really on it. When you play the top seeds in the competition there has to be an acceptance you are going to have to defend and our players showed great intelligence and willingness to show all the details and stay in the game.

"You also need to factor in that nearly all of our players can play again in the next campaign - 14 out of the 20 in our squad can play again so there is a lot to be really positive about."

England Under-21s head coach Aidy Boothroyd: "When we did the fixtures initially I thought, 'I hope we don't need anything going up there as they are always feisty affairs'.

"I thought the teams were evenly matched and really it was two moments of absolute quality that I thought sealed it for us. We are delighted with the result and if we didn't know before there was a reminder when you're playing Scotland you need to be at your best."

Line-ups

Scotland U21

  • 12Doohan
  • 2Smith
  • 5Bates
  • 6Porteous
  • 3Taylor
  • 7Cadden
  • 16GilmourBooked at 46minsSubstituted forFergusonat 61'minutes
  • 20McCrorieBooked at 59mins
  • 10Morgan
  • 15ShawSubstituted forMiddletonat 45'minutes
  • 8Campbell

Substitutes

  • 4McIntyre
  • 11Middleton
  • 14Mallan
  • 17Ferguson
  • 18Watt
  • 19Williamson
  • 21McCrorie

England U21

  • 1Henderson
  • 12Wan-Bissaka
  • 16Tomori
  • 15Clarke-Salter
  • 3Dasilva
  • 14OnomahSubstituted forFodenat 72'minutes
  • 17Dowell
  • 19NelsonSubstituted forR Sessegnonat 73'minutes
  • 20Solanke
  • 21Barnes
  • 23AbrahamSubstituted forCalvert-Lewinat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4L Cook
  • 6Konsa
  • 7Lookman
  • 9Calvert-Lewin
  • 10Foden
  • 11R Sessegnon
  • 13Gunn

Match Stats

Home TeamScotland U21Away TeamEngland U21
Possession
Home34%
Away66%
Shots
Home4
Away26
Shots on Target
Home1
Away11
Corners
Home2
Away9
Fouls
Home4
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Scotland U21 0, England U21 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Scotland U21 0, England U21 2.

Goal!

Goal! Scotland U21 0, England U21 2. Kieran Dowell (England U21) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

Corner, England U21. Conceded by Ross Doohan.

Attempt saved. Phil Foden (England U21) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Harvey Barnes.

Attempt saved. Ryan Sessegnon (England U21) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Jake Clarke-Salter with a headed pass.

Corner, England U21. Conceded by Greg Taylor.

Attempt blocked. Harvey Barnes (England U21) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Phil Foden with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, England U21. Dominic Calvert-Lewin replaces Tammy Abraham.

Foul by Jake Clarke-Salter (England U21).

Chris Cadden (Scotland U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Dominic Solanke (England U21) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Ryan Porteous (Scotland U21) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Lewis Morgan with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Scotland U21. Conceded by Dean Henderson.

Attempt saved. Lewis Morgan (Scotland U21) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lewis Ferguson.

Attempt missed. Lewis Morgan (Scotland U21) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Glenn Middleton.

Attempt blocked. Tammy Abraham (England U21) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jay Dasilva.

Attempt blocked. Harvey Barnes (England U21) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dominic Solanke.

Hand ball by Ryan Sessegnon (England U21).

Ryan Sessegnon (England U21) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Liam Smith (Scotland U21).

Foul by Jake Clarke-Salter (England U21).

Lewis Ferguson (Scotland U21) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, England U21. Ryan Sessegnon replaces Reiss Nelson.

Substitution

Substitution, England U21. Phil Foden replaces Josh Onomah.

Offside, Scotland U21. Greg Taylor tries a through ball, but Lewis Morgan is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Dominic Solanke (England U21) header from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Fikayo Tomori with a headed pass.

Attempt saved. Aaron Wan-Bissaka (England U21) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Harvey Barnes.

Josh Onomah (England U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lewis Ferguson (Scotland U21).

Substitution

Substitution, Scotland U21. Lewis Ferguson replaces Billy Gilmour.

Goal!

Goal! Scotland U21 0, England U21 1. Reiss Nelson (England U21) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

Booking

Ross McCrorie (Scotland U21) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Kieran Dowell (England U21) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ross McCrorie (Scotland U21).

Attempt missed. Dominic Solanke (England U21) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Kieran Dowell.

Attempt saved. Jay Dasilva (England U21) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Kieran Dowell.

Offside, Scotland U21. Ross Doohan tries a through ball, but Glenn Middleton is caught offside.

Corner, England U21. Conceded by Chris Cadden.

Attempt blocked. Tammy Abraham (England U21) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Harvey Barnes with a cross.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 16th October 2018

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Croatia U21108113152625
2Greece U21108112652125
3Czech Rep U21105141415-116
4Belarus U21104241114-314
5Moldova U2110217823-157
6San Marino U21100010129-280

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain U211090131102127
2Northern Ireland U21106221511420
3Slovakia U21106041718-118
4Iceland U21103251619-311
5Albania U2110145917-87
6Estonia U21100281124-132

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Denmark U21107213082223
2Poland U21106402291322
3Georgia U21103341119-812
4Finland U21102351321-89
5Lithuania U2110226716-98
6Faroe Islands U21101451020-107

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England U21108202341926
2Netherlands U21105322161518
3Ukraine U21105231812617
4Scotland U21104241313014
5Latvia U2110046518-134
6Andorra U2110037128-273

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany U21108113372625
2Norway U21104331513215
3Israel U21104241718-114
4R. of Ireland U21104241215-314
5Kosovo U2110334912-312
6Azerbaijan U2110037627-213

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium U21108202351826
2Sweden U21106221981120
3Turkey U21105231410417
4Hungary U21103251214-211
5Cyprus U2110217823-157
6Malta U2110118824-164

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Serbia U21108202351826
2Austria U21107122571822
3Russia U211061325131219
4Armenia U2110235916-79
5Macedonia U21102171724-77
6Gibraltar U2110109236-343

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Romania U21107301941524
2Portugal U211071233112222
3Bosnia and Herzegovina U211060424111318
4Wales U21104151114-313
5Switzerland U21103161118-710
6Liechtenstein U21100010242-400

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France U21109102461828
2Slovenia U21104421412216
3Montenegro U21103251515011
4Bulgaria U21102441011-110
5Kazakhstan U21102441318-510
6Luxembourg U2110217721-147
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