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Match Report | England 3-1 Germany

Young Lions victorious on successful evening for England

29 March 2022

England came out on top with a 3-1 win against Germany at the JobServe Community Stadium.

The Young Lions raced into the lead, with Sam Greenwood putting England ahead inside the opening ten minutes. His neat control and tidy effort across goal evaded the desperate dive of Schreiber to give the home nation the early advantage. 

And the young England side kept the pressure on their German counterparts, with James McAtee looking dangerous operating in the wide areas of the pitch. Twice the Manchester City player got into good areas and delivered crosses in the opening forty-five minutes, but to no avail as his teammates couldn't find the space. 

Andy Edwards' side would maintain their advantage until the half time break, with Germany never really putting James Trafford under any real pressure in the home goal. England were good value for their lead at the break, and they were unlucky not to be two goals ahead shortly after the restart. 

The ball was fizzed in from the right wing to Cameron Archer, with the number nine able to turn the ball goalwards. Unfortunately for him, and the 8,000-strong crowd in the JobServe Community Stadium, Tim Schreiber was able to dive across and collect well. 

Star of the first half, James McAtee did eventually get his reward for the evening, netting England's seven minutes into the second period. The Manchester City youngster saw his effort deflect of a German defender to send Schreiber the wrong way and make it 2-0 to the Young Lions in North Essex. 

And England put the game to bed by giving themselves a three-goal cushion with just over an hour played as substitute Tyrhys Dolan got his name on the scoresheet. The Young Lions played some intricate football in the penalty area with McAtee and Neil involved, before the ball was played back to the sub to smash an effort into the top corner, giving the German 'keeper no chance. 

Germany did get a goal back in the last few minutes of the game, with Lazar Samardzic seeing his deflected effort fly past James Trafford and into the back of the net. 

But it didn't dampen the spirits of the crowd at the JobServe Community Stadium, with the final whistle blown and England coming out on top against Germany. 

England starting XI: Trafford, Gardner-Hickman, Ogbeta (Kesler-Hayden 58'), Hill, Wood, Mola, McAtee, Neil, Archer (Dolan 58'), Clarkson, Greenwood. 

Unused subs: Cartwright, Alese, Morton, James, Plange, Rak-Sakyi, Stansfield, Setford. 

Germany starting XI: Schmidt, Lawrence, Rohl (Hartwig 71'), Woltemade (Schwirten 71'), Samardzic, Schreiber, John (Obuz 46'), Atemona, Rosenboom, Scott (Nebel 61'), Messeguem. 

Unused subs: Gebhardt, Beifus, Calhanoglu, Tauer, Unbehaun. 

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