France’s Kitambala scores an incredible overhead-volley to kick off the Toulon Tournament in style; Ivory Coast breeze past Japan; England U17s see off Czechs

France 2 – Colombia 0 (U20 Toulon Tournament, May 18, 2010) France sparkled in their opening match of the games, Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin crashed home a 20-yard opener for the French before Auxerre forward Lynel Kitambala stole the headlines with an incredible overhead volley a minute into the second half.

Ivory Coast 3 – Japan 0 (U20 Toulon Tournament, May 18, 2010) Anderlecht midfielder Bakary Sare took advantage of a horrible defensive slip-up after up two minutes to fire the Africans in front. Former Charlton loanee Serge Deble notched the Elephants’ second from the penalty spot, while a super solo goal from Monaco forward Yannick Sagbo after the break wrapped up the win for the Ivorians.

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Portugal 3 – Holland 1 (U21 International Friendly, May 18, 2010) Orlando Sa put the Selecao 1-up after just three minutes and the young Porto striker notched his team’s second from close range just four minutes later. Daniel Candeias put the Portuguese 3-up ten minutes before the break, with Ajax’s Siem De Jong heading home a consolation in the second half.

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England 3 – Czech Republic 1 (U17 European Championships, May 18, 2010) The Young Lions fell behind when Jakub Plsek found himself unmarked inside the box to head the Czechs into the lead from a Tomas Ceslak free-kick. Ross Barkley equalised after 20 minutes, rifling home a loose ball following a Will Keane cross. On 68 minutes Josh McEachran finished off a move he started, by confidently lifting the ball over the goalie from close range, before Benik Afobe made it 3-1 firing in England’s third goal of the game with a deflected strike.

France 1 – Spain 2 (U17 European Championships, May 18, 2010) Juan Bernat headed Spain into a 24th minute lead, but a brilliant volley on the run from Anthony Koura pulled Les Bleus level just after the hour. Spanish captain Paco won the match in the 73rd minute with a deft flick from a dangerous cross into the mixer.


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