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England to win 2-0 against Portugal- 8/1!


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England U21s vs Portugal U21s

July 02, 2023

5:00 pm GMT+1

England vs Portugal match preview

England are perennial underachievers at the under-21 European Championships, but there is genuine belief that this team can go all the way.

Lee Carsley’s side were ultra-impressive in the group stages, winning all three matches, beating Czechia, Israel and the Germany by the same 2-0 scoreline each time.

On Wednesday, despite having already rubber stamped top spot, the Three Lions defeated old rivals the Germans, dethroning the 2021 winners in the process.

Cameron Archer broke the deadlock after just four minutes, bursting in behind and finishing cooly, before, shortly after, Harvey Elliott scored a magnificent solo goal to secure the points.

Now, can the Young Lions continue that momentum and reach the semi-finals of this tournament for the first time in 14 years?

Portugal meantime were runners-up just two summers ago, beaten 1-0 by the aforementioned Germans in Ljubljana back then.

This time, Os Esperanças went into their final group game against Belgium simply needing to win, given that they kicked off with just one point on the board.

João Neves broke the deadlock shortly after half time, volleying home spectacularly from the edge of the box, only for Belgium to equalise not long after.

However, with just four minutes to go, referee Willy Delajod awarded Portugal a penalty; Tiago Dantas shouldered the responsibility and, just about, converted the spot-kick that saw his side sneak through.

So now, who will prevail at Ramaz Shengelia Stadium, setting up a semi-final showdown with hosts Georgia on Wednesday?

England team news

With nothing on the line, Lee Carsley made wholesale changes for Wednesday’s clash with Germany, making it all the more impressive that England won.

Captain Taylor Harwood-Bellis will return at centre-back, with Max Aarons back in the starting XI after illness.

Emile Smith Rowe scored against both Czechia and Israel, so could set here, while Morgan Gibbs-White and Anthony Gordon, who combined for the opener last Sunday, seem certainties to come back in.

Gibbs-White, Gordon, Curtis Jones and Ben Johnson are all one yellow card away from missing a potential semi-final through suspension.

Portugal team news

Wolves duo Pedro Neto and Fábio Silva will lead the Portuguese attack, with Francisco Conceição completing the trio.

Nuno Tavares of Arsenal will line-up at left-back, but club teammate Fábio Vieira, who is the U21′s captain, was ruled out pre-tournament due to injury.

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