u17’s European Championships
France 3 – 1 England
(Half Time 1 – 1)
Two Different Halves
England had a great first half, dominating the game and creating a lot of goal scoring opportunities.
The team started the game focused, defending very well and initiating good counter attacks. Unfortunately we didn’t take advantage of our opportunities, mainly due to the French goalkeeper making some outstanding saves.
Our goal came from a set up move, from an indirect free hit and was well deserved at this time, as we were in control of the game. France didn’t have many goal scoring opportunities in this half and their goal came from a direct free hit.
The draw at half time was unfair to us as on the balance of play, we deserved to be at least two goals ahead of them.
The second half was totally different, France scored their second goal inside of the first minute of the game restarting and this immediately which put us under pressure.
England reacted well to the French goal and we were stopped by a good French defence system as well as by some bad refereeing, which affected our players making them nervous and lose concentration at certain moments in the game.
This was a game of two halves and England should have killed the game off in the first half. We didn’t succeed in doing this and this then cost us the game.
As a final note I would like to say that this was very competitive game, one the best games of the competition so far, which shows that we are developing England in the right direction.
Today we play Germany and our objectives still remain the same. If we win and France loses against Spain we will finish second in the group.
- Alex Mount