Euro Under-21 Championship - Group C
England U212Romania U214

European Under-21 Championship: England knocked out by late Romania flurry

George Puscas
George Puscas was one of nine full Romania internationals in their starting line-up

England Under-21s were knocked out of the European Championships after losing a six-goal thriller against Romania in Cesena, with all the goals coming in an 18-minute period at the end of the game.

George Puscas opened the scoring for Romania after Jonjoe Kenny had conceded a penalty to kick-start the crazy conclusion to the match.

Demarai Gray's 18-yard strike brought England level but Ianis Hagi immediately restored Romania's lead, only for Tammy Abraham to equalise two minutes later.

However, with Aidy Boothroyd's side chasing a win, and only the group winners guaranteed to advance from Group C, Florinel Coman twice scored from distance late on, helped by a mistake by goalkeeper Dean Henderson for the first.

France's 1-0 victory over Croatia in the other Group C game later on Friday ensured England - pointless after two games - cannot progress.

England's hopes extinguished by errors

After reaching the semi-finals of this competition in 2017, England had arrived in Italy hoping to take the next step after an unbeaten qualification campaign.

But their exit came amid a catalogue of errors as they lost both their first two games.

Hamza Choudhury's sending off coupled with Aaron Wan-Bissaka's injury time own goal against France set the tone. And that continued on the east coast of Italy against Romania.

While Boothroyd made five changes to the side that lost to France, his tinkering had a limited impact against an incisive Romanian outfit.

Despite fielding 10 outfield players from just three clubs - Chelsea, Leicester and Everton - England lacked fluency and familiarity, and Romania carved them open repeatedly in the opening stages.

Goalkeeper Henderson brilliantly palmed efforts from Andrei Ivan and Dennis Man to safety and saved Hagi's left-footed strike from distance with his feet.

Kenny, brought in to replace Wan-Bissaka after his error-strewn display against France, fared little better.

The Everton full-back was caught out of position as Ivan drilled a shot against the foot of the England post during the first period and it was his rash challenge on Coman that allowed Romania to go ahead.

Fikayo Tomori's snatched clearance teed-up Hagi, son of Romania legend Gheorghe, for Romania's second.

And Henderson then allowed Coman's 20-yard drive through his hands and body at his near post to compound a dreadful evening for England, before Coman capped proceedings with a looping drive past the helpless keeper in injury time.

What's next?

England face Croatia in their final Group C game on Monday in San Marino at 20:00 BST.

Line-ups

England U21

  • 1Henderson
  • 12Kenny
  • 5TomoriBooked at 89mins
  • 4Clarke-Salter
  • 3DasilvaSubstituted forAbrahamat 76'minutes
  • 18Mount
  • 6Dowell
  • 8Maddison
  • 7Gray
  • 19Calvert-Lewin
  • 17BarnesSubstituted forR Sessegnonat 45'minutesSubstituted forFodenat 57'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Wan-Bissaka
  • 9Solanke
  • 10Foden
  • 11R Sessegnon
  • 13Gunn
  • 14Kelly
  • 15Konsa
  • 20Gibbs-White
  • 21Nelson
  • 22Woodman
  • 23Abraham

Romania U21

  • 1Radu
  • 6Manea
  • 5Nedelcearu
  • 4Pascanu
  • 3Stefan
  • 8ManSubstituted forDragomirat 74'minutes
  • 21BalutaBooked at 47mins
  • 17Cicaldau
  • 19IvanSubstituted forComanat 63'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 10HagiSubstituted forNedelcuat 87'minutes
  • 9PuscasBooked at 77mins

Substitutes

  • 2Boboc
  • 7Coman
  • 11Petre
  • 12Cabuz
  • 13Grigore
  • 14Dragomir
  • 15Ghita
  • 16Nedelcu
  • 18Rus
  • 20Ciobanu
  • 22Olaru
  • 23Vlad
Referee:
Andreas Ekberg
Attendance:
8,440

Match Stats

Home TeamEngland U21Away TeamRomania U21
Possession
Home72%
Away28%
Shots
Home25
Away15
Shots on Target
Home9
Away9
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home5
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, England U21 2, Romania U21 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, England U21 2, Romania U21 4.

Attempt missed. James Maddison (England U21) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Demarai Gray.

Booking

Florinel Teodor Coman (Romania U21) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! England U21 2, Romania U21 4. Florinel Teodor Coman (Romania U21) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner.

Attempt saved. Demarai Gray (England U21) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by James Maddison.

Attempt missed. James Maddison (England U21) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Tammy Abraham (England U21) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Jonjoe Kenny with a cross.

Attempt saved. Tammy Abraham (England U21) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kieran Dowell.

Booking

Fikayo Tomori (England U21) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Goal!

Goal! England U21 2, Romania U21 3. Florinel Teodor Coman (Romania U21) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Florin Bogdan Stefan.

Substitution

Substitution, Romania U21. Dragos Nedelcu replaces Ianis Hagi.

Goal!

Goal! England U21 2, Romania U21 2. Tammy Abraham (England U21) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mason Mount.

Goal!

Goal! England U21 1, Romania U21 2. Ianis Hagi (Romania U21) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (England U21) header from the left side of the six yard box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Phil Foden with a cross following a corner.

Corner, England U21. Conceded by Ionut Radu.

Attempt saved. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (England U21) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by James Maddison with a cross.

Corner, England U21. Conceded by Ionut Nedelcearu.

Jonjoe Kenny (England U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Florinel Teodor Coman (Romania U21).

Tammy Abraham (England U21) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alexandru Cicaldau (Romania U21).

Attempt missed. Ianis Hagi (Romania U21) right footed shot from more than 40 yards on the right wing misses to the right. Assisted by Vlad Dragomir.

James Maddison (England U21) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alexandru Cicaldau (Romania U21).

Foul by Dominic Calvert-Lewin (England U21).

Alex Pascanu (Romania U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! England U21 1, Romania U21 1. Demarai Gray (England U21) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jake Clarke-Salter.

Mason Mount (England U21) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Florinel Teodor Coman (Romania U21).

Booking

George Puscas (Romania U21) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Substitution

Substitution, England U21. Tammy Abraham replaces Jay Dasilva.

Goal!

Goal! England U21 0, Romania U21 1. George Puscas (Romania U21) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty conceded by Jonjoe Kenny (England U21) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Romania U21. Florinel Teodor Coman draws a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt missed. George Puscas (Romania U21) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Vlad Dragomir with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Romania U21. Vlad Dragomir replaces Dennis Man.

Foul by Demarai Gray (England U21).

Dennis Man (Romania U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hand ball by Ianis Hagi (Romania U21).

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Friday 21st June 2019

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Poland U2122004226
2Italy U2121013213
3Spain U21210134-13
4Belgium U21200235-20

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany U2122009276
2Denmark U2121014403
3Austria U2121013303
4Serbia U21200218-70

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Romania U2122008356
2France U2122003126
3England U21200236-30
4Croatia U21200215-40
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