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England U21 1-0 Belarus U21

Ben Gibson
England Under-21s have won 14 of their last 15 matches

England Under-21s warmed up for the European Under-21 Championship by beating 10-man Belarus 1-0 at Oakwell.

The visitors were reduced to 10 men in the 82nd minute when Mikalai Zolatau was shown his second yellow card.

From the resulting set piece, goalkeeper Uladzislau Vasiliuchak could not hold Luke Garbutt's free-kick and Ben Gibson converted from close range.

The competition in the Czech Republic starts on Wednesday with England in a group with Portugal, Sweden and Italy.

England have won the Under-21 tournament twice, but not since 1984, although Gareth Southgate's side are in good form and have now won 14 of their last 15 matches.

They begin their campaign against Portugal on 18 June and will face a tougher test than they faced against a resilient, but limited, Belarus team.

The away side's preparations were harmed as their team coach was held up in traffic on the M1, causing a 35-minute delay to the start of the game.

England's European U-21 Championship fixtures
18 June v Portugal21 June v Sweden24 June v Italy

When play got under way, England dominated as Gibson headed wide before Vasiliuchak saved efforts from Saido Berahino, Nathan Redmond and Garbutt.

But Zolatau's second booking, which came after a foul on England Under-21 debutant Ruben Loftus-Cheek, led to the free-kick and England's winning goal.

Garbutt's free-kick was not dealt with by Vasiliuchak and Middlesbrough defender Gibson scored for his first Under-21 goal.

England Under-21 manager Gareth Southgate said:

"It was a really good test for us. They were very spirited, defensive and resilient. It was a perfect match for us.

"We moved the ball well, created chances but at times the final pass was not there. But I'm really pleased with the build-up we have had.

"We're really looking forward to the challenge. There's a huge motivation in the dressing room to do well and we have another gear to go up to."

Line-ups

England U21

  • 1ButlandSubstituted forBondat 69'minutes
  • 2Jenkinson
  • 5StonesSubstituted forChambersat 45'minutes
  • 6Gibson
  • 3GarbuttBooked at 77mins
  • 8Ward-ProwseSubstituted forChalobahat 69'minutes
  • 10CarrollSubstituted forForster-Caskeyat 69'minutes
  • 19HughesSubstituted forLoftus-Cheekat 45'minutes
  • 11RedmondSubstituted forIngsat 60'minutes
  • 18BerahinoSubstituted forKaneat 59'minutes
  • 7PritchardSubstituted forLingardat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Forster-Caskey
  • 9Kane
  • 12Bond
  • 13Bettinelli
  • 14Chalobah
  • 15Keane
  • 16Lingard
  • 17Ings
  • 20Moore
  • 21Chambers
  • 22Targett
  • 23Loftus-Cheek

Belarus U21

  • 1Vasilyuchek
  • 16Karpovich
  • 3Ignatenko
  • 20Poznyak
  • 6ZolotovBooked at 82mins
  • 9LeshkaSubstituted forEvdokimovat 45'minutes
  • 8KorzunSubstituted forPavlyunkovetsat 86'minutes
  • 5Yablonski
  • 11YarotskiSubstituted forShibunat 64'minutesSubstituted forBaidukat 86'minutes
  • 7YanchenkoBooked at 71minsSubstituted forKlimovichat 76'minutes
  • 10LebedevSubstituted forMilevskiat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Chichkan
  • 14Evdokimov
  • 15Klimovich
  • 17Shibun
  • 18Pavlyunkovets
  • 19Baiduk
  • 21Milevski
Referee:
Jonathan Lardot
Attendance:
15,207

Match Stats

Home TeamEngland U21Away TeamBelarus U21
Possession
Home75%
Away25%
Shots
Home20
Away6
Shots on Target
Home7
Away1
Corners
Home12
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, England U21 1, Belarus U21 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, England U21 1, Belarus U21 0.

Attempt missed. Danny Ings (England U21) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jesse Lingard with a cross following a corner.

Corner, England U21. Conceded by Vladislav Vasilyuchek.

Attempt saved. Danny Ings (England U21) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Harry Kane with a through ball.

Attempt missed. Harry Kane (England U21) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Nathaniel Chalobah.

Substitution

Substitution, Belarus U21. Yuri Pavlyunkovets replaces Nikita Korzun.

Substitution

Substitution, Belarus U21. Dmitri Baiduk replaces Mikhail Shibun.

Jake Forster-Caskey (England U21) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Evgeni Yablonski (Belarus U21).

Goal!

Goal! England U21 1, Belarus U21 0. Ben Gibson (England U21) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the high centre of the goal following a set piece situation.

Attempt saved. Luke Garbutt (England U21) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is saved in the bottom right corner.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Nikolai Zolotov (Belarus U21) for a bad foul.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek (England U21) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Nikolai Zolotov (Belarus U21).

Attempt saved. Evgeni Yablonski (Belarus U21) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Oleg Evdokimov.

Corner, England U21. Conceded by Aleksandr Poznyak.

Attempt missed. Mikhail Shibun (Belarus U21) right footed shot from long range on the left misses to the left.

Booking

Luke Garbutt (England U21) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Luke Garbutt (England U21).

Mikhail Shibun (Belarus U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Belarus U21. Vladislav Klimovich replaces Aleksandr Yanchenko.

Corner, England U21. Conceded by Nikolai Zolotov.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek (England U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nikita Korzun (Belarus U21).

Attempt blocked. Ben Gibson (England U21) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Luke Garbutt with a cross.

Corner, England U21. Conceded by Dmitri Ignatenko.

Booking

Aleksandr Yanchenko (Belarus U21) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ben Gibson (England U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aleksandr Yanchenko (Belarus U21).

Attempt missed. Harry Kane (England U21) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Harry Kane (England U21) header from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Luke Garbutt with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, England U21. Jake Forster-Caskey replaces Tom Carroll.

Substitution

Substitution, England U21. Nathaniel Chalobah replaces James Ward-Prowse.

Substitution

Substitution, England U21. Jonathan Bond replaces Jack Butland.

Substitution

Substitution, England U21. Jesse Lingard replaces Alex Pritchard.

Corner, England U21. Conceded by Vladislav Vasilyuchek.

Attempt saved. Luke Garbutt (England U21) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Danny Ings.

Foul by Harry Kane (England U21).

Nikolai Zolotov (Belarus U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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