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England U21 v France U21 - as it happened

Pin Official lineups: England U21 v France U21, U21 Euros, Group stage round 1, 18/06/2019. BeSoccer
Official lineups: England U21 v France U21, U21 Euros, Group stage round 1, 18/06/2019. BeSoccer

England U21 v France U21 - as it happened

Paul Singh by Paul Singh @besoccer_com - 0 4,647

Join us for live coverage of the opening group stage match between England Under 21s and France Under 21s from the Under 21 European Championships in Italy.

FT: England (10) 1-2 France! What a game! France pressed and pressed after falling behind to Foden's great goal, they missed two penalties, the second of which saw Choudary sent off for a terrible challenge and were 1-0 down after 88 mins. Ikone made it 1-1 and then Wan-Bissaka turned it into his own net right at the end. Heartbreak for England who now must win their last two games. Thanks for joining us and see you again soon!
Still playing as there was Foden's injury. England try and attack, but they can't and it's all over!
The own goal is absolutely inexplicable. What was he thinking? That's cruel on England. I think a draw would have been fair.
France win it right at the end! The corner is delivered in, it is flicked on, Mateta flicks it towards the goal at the far post and Wan-Bissaka inexplicably turns it into his own net. Unbelievable.
And another.
France win a corner after Dembele's shot goes for a corner.
Foden is down injured.
France attack again and Clarke-Salter clears his lines. Panic stations at the back for England.
France want more here! You need to win 2 games to progress so they are going for it. 5 added minutes.
France equalise!!! And you have to say it was deserved. Reine-Adelaide passes for Ikone and he beats Henderson at the near post. No more than what France deserve.
Wan-Bissaka is carded for timewasting.
Dembele shoots at goal now and Clarke-Salter gets himself in the way. Do England have more than 10 men on the pitch? Unbelievable.
France go again and the shot from Ballo Toure takes a deflection. Dembele can't understand what's happening. It just doesn't seem their night.
Foden still has pace even at this late stage of the game, but he is dispossessed. Now Tomori makes a vital intervention in his own area.
Attack v defence now here in Cesena.
France sub: Thuram replaces Aouar.
Henderson again! What a game he's had. Dembele feeds Ikone, he cuts inside before striking a dangerous ball which was going in until Henderson made a fabulous one handed save.
Abraham makes a charging run and a defender knocks it out for a throw.
France trying to find a way through, but it looks like they won't score.
Free-kick to England after Dembele fouls Wan-Bissaka. Yellow as well.
England double sub: Sessegnon and Gray off, Calvert-Lewin and Abraham on.
Corner comes to nothing.
France sub: Tousart off and Mainz's Mateta joins us.
Ikone has a go now which goes over the bar!
England sub: Solanke off and Mount on.
This is extraordinary by France. Difficult to win matches if you miaa 2 pens.
What was Aouar doing? The post doesn't allow you to have a second bite. The ball must touch another player. He should have left it for a teammate.
And he hits the post!!! A French player goes on the rebound to get the ball, but there is offside as Aouar has a second bite at it and he cannot touch it again until either the GK or another player has touched it.
Aouar to take the spot kick.
Two footed, out of control and he can have no complaints at all. Bamba is on a stretcher and will not be able to continue. That was a leg breaker. Ntcham comes on for him.
And just as I say that, the ref goes to the VAR and sends off Choudhury! Fully deserved. That was a horrendous challenge.
Choudhury is booked, but that is a horror challenge. He is lucky to only see yellow.
Penalty to France again! Choudhury fouls Bamba with a sliding challenge after Bamba tried to get his shot off.
Sessegnon scores after Solanke takes advantage of a defensive error, but it is chalked off for offside. Solanke is off.
Pinball in the France box now!! Solanke and Gray try to turn it over the line and the defenders are up to the task. Last ditch defending.
Bamba goes down the far side and Tomori clears away the cross.
Foden scores!!!! England score completely against the run of play. It's an amazing goal as Maddison gives the ball to Foden 30 yards out and he slaloms past 3-4 defenders before slotting it with his left foot past Bernardoni. Absolutely stunning.
Henderson bats away the corner. All France now here.
Save by Henderson!! Bamba has a go from the near side looking for the near post and the goalie read it. Corner.
Maddison tries to lay it off for Foden, but the Man C man doesn't get to the ball.
Maddison is booked now for a foul on Konate.
Chance for France now!!! They have started brightly.
We are back underway!
HT: England 0-0 France! England dominated the opening 20 minutes, but it was much more even after that. Dembele of France saw his pen said after Foden was penalised for handball. Join us in 10 for the 2nd half! as this should be exciting!
Dembele heads away the corner and it's half-time!
England win a corner after a ball into the box is knocked out of play by Upamecano.
1 added minute.
Unbelievable play by Foden in midfield to swerve past defenders! Bamba was beaten all ends up.
Ikone fires over the goal now at the other end after beating the defender on the far side.
Wan Bissaka passes to Gray who runs 15-20 yards before firing just wide of the upright! That was a really nice run.
Ikone has a pop from 25 yards which goes straight to Henderson.
Solanke has the ball inside the D, but he slips and Upamecano clears the danger.
This is a totally different game now from the opening 20 minutes. The penalty miss has sparked France into life.
What a save by Henderson! Wan-Bissaka gives the ball away stupidly, Bamba finds Dembele and his shot from inside the box is stopped by the GK! France are picking up now.
Ballor Toure delivers a cross for Bamba who tries to get his head to it, but can't direct it on target.
What a miss by Gray!! Clarke-Salter sends a cross field ball to Gray, he controls and can only find the side-netting. That was a glorious opportunity.
Dagba is penalised for a foul in the centre circle.
May have had one foot on the line, but even if he didn't, it's irrelevant as we are still playing with the old rules.
Not sure if the goalie was off his line, but remember this tournament is the last one being played with the old rules so aren't as strict on goalies being on their line.
It's saved!! Dembele's penalty is saved by Henderson!!! He dived to his left and stopped it.
Huge shout for a handball and France get a penalty!! Foden is penaloised fr a handball after Bamba's ball into the box is headered by Reine-Adelaide and strike's Foden's hand. Clear.
France finally manage to get a long possession going to clam things down.
England still in control here. The goal looks not far away.
Almost a goal again!! Gray plays a superb pass for Solanke and his effort goes just wide of the goalie's right hand post. France are on the ropes.
England hit the post!! Almost an own goal! Foden puts in a fabulous long ball for Sessegnon, he squares it for Gray in the box, but Upamecano gets there first and turns it onto the upright! Close shave.
Brilliant defence by Dagba to knock a Dasilva pass for a corner! Without his itnervention, Sessegnon was in. Nothing comes from the corner.
Long pass forward looking for Maddison bounces through to Bernardoni as the Leicester man cannot reach it.
What a chance for England! Maddison puts in a brilliant ball into the box and Solanke heads wide after taking a deflection off the goalie's glove. The GK requires a bit of treatment. He was brave there.
Tousart brings down Solanke on the far side. Free-kick.
England launch a long ball forward, Solanke gets control and Upamecano disposesses him before he can do anything.
Dembele goes down England's right side and Wan-Bissaka is there to cut out the danger.
Good run by Maddison into the box before his run is halted by Upamecano. England on top so far.
Demarai Gray tries to get past the defender on this near side, but he is unable to.
France get us underway from right to left!
Srdjan Jovanovic of Serbia is the ref, Marco Guida of Italy, the VAR. Romania and Croatia are also in this group and only one goes through automatically.
The players are now out on the pitch!
France's attacking trio is particularly dangerous, with Lille's Jonathan Bamba and Lyon's Moussa Dembélé in particular the ones to watch out for after strong seasons in Ligue 1.
The likes of Sarr, Ntcham and Thuram provide excellent cover off the bench, with both sides' benches full of potential.
As for France, with regular Ligue 1 starters Hassem Aouar and Tousart in the starting lineup, it would be tough to start ahead of them, Matteo Guendouzi might feel hard done by however...
Whilst, Angus Gunn, and Mason Mount might feel unlucky not to start, whilst Reiss Nelson and Lloyd Kelly provide more excellent talent on the bench for England.
For England, the big call appears to be selecting Dom Solanke over the likes of more established players at club level, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Tammy Abraham.
So then, these are two of the strongest team in the competition, and as such there are some big names that miss out on the starting XI, and also that on the field itself.
LINEUPS: France: Bernardoni; Ballo, Upamecano, Konate, Dagba; Aouar, Tousart, Ikone, Reine-Adelaide; Bamba, Dembélé.
LINEUPS: England: Henderson; Dasilva, Clarke-Salter, Tomori, Wan-Bissaka; Foden, Choudhury, Maddison; Gray, Solanke, Sessegnon.
Both teams are packed full of talent, and so, without further a do, let's have a look at the two teams.
Hello and welcome to tonight's opening group stage match of the Under 21 European Championships for France and England.
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