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Summary

  1. England's second win in 11 finals matches
  2. They play hosts Poland in final group game
  3. Only group winners guaranteed to go through
  4. England trailed 1-0 after poor opening half

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By Tom Rostance

All times stated are UK

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Slovakia U21 1-2 England U21

So a very good afternoon's work in the end from England, who now face the hosts on Thursday for a place in the last four.

We shall see you there! Have a good evening.

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England ended the game with 13 shots on goal, eight of which were on target.

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Ian Dennis

Senior football reporter in Poland for 5 live Sport

Gritted teeth and a "get in" from Aidy Boothroyd showed what this victory means.

England were poor in the first half but improved after the break.

It was a test of character for the players - they had to be resilient at the end and can take credit from that.

Slovakia are currently on a lap of honour to acknowledge their supporters' wonderful backing.

England are still in a position to progress going into the Poland game.

Tonight's game

Poland U21 v Sweden U21 (19:45 BST)

If Sweden, who drew with England last Friday, beat Poland tonight, and then beat Slovakia on Thursday then they could end up topping the group.

Remember that only one team who finish second makes the last four. So there is still work to be done.

Now who wants to see Peter Crouch with some giraffes?

What next?

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England's final group game comes on Thursday night, when they play hosts Poland, in Kielce again.

A win would almost certainly send England into the semi-finals. That depends on tonight's result though.

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At half-time Aidy Boothroyd was a man in real trouble and now he's on the pitch high-fiving his victorious players. What a great turnaround from the Three Lions.

They still didn't play especially well but they got the win.

It's not often you see England come from behind to win in a tournament, at any level.

FULL-TIME

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All over!

Nathan Redmond of England celebrates
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YELLOW CARD

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Lewis Baker is booked for handball after tripping down near the Slovakian corner flag...

Ian Dennis

Senior football reporter in Poland for 5 live Sport

Lewis Baker asking the referee how long is left. The two central defenders - Chambers and Mawson - have been terrific in this second half.

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Come on ref! Into added time. Jordan Pickford clears away, must be 80 yards long...

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England clear their lines for the umpteenth time, Cauley Woodrow runs it to the corner, but then cuts inside his man and loses it. Aidy Boothroyd will be furious with that.

CORNER!

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England can't clear their lines at all. This is tense stuff...

SUBSTITUTION

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Cauley Woodrow comes on for Tammy Abraham, who has worked hard all day with little to show for it.

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Ian Dennis

Senior football reporter in Poland for 5 live Sport

Thousands of Slovakians literally drumming up support for the closing stages.

Abraham, who has led the line tirelessly, is being booed and jeered by the opposing fans for what they believe is play acting.

England ready to make a final change with activity on the bench.

Frantic!

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Free-kick. Corner. Corner. All headed out by England.

YELLOW CARD

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Still Slovakia come. Jordan PIckford shows authority to come and take a catch well before Jacob Murphy gives away a silly free-kick and goes into the book.

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Nervy times for England fans now. They are used to that. England have six minutes of normal time to defend this lead. It's a flat back nine really now and then hoof it for Tammy Abraham to chase.

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England break away, two-on-two for a moment but Demarai Gray is tackled as he tries to cut inside. A better touch, or an earlier ball, and England were in. It's a compelling last 10 minutes as Slovakia throw men up the field...

Demarai Gray of England
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Slovakia have given away some silly free-kicks today and there's another. Just stops any momentum. England replace John Swift with Demarai Gray.

Into the final 10.

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Ian Dennis

Senior football reporter in Poland for 5 live Sport

England coach Gareth Southgate and his assistant Steve Holland are watching on in Kielce.

Aidy Boothroyd is taking on a lot of liquid refreshment to help ease his nerves - as are the players in this stoppage of play.

It's very, very tense.....

Gareth Southgate
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Tammy Abraham is not having much joy today. Nathan Redmond looks to play him on the break again, he goes down in a crumpled heap but the referee is having none of it. That brings an angry reaction from the crowd and Slovakia captain Adam Srelak.

Replays show that Branislav Ninaj did catch Abraham. Not a full-on elbow, but an arm in the face.

Tempers flare after Milan Skriniar of Slovakia catches Tammy Abraham of England
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James Ward-Prowse must never have been closer to a place in the centre of England's midfield. The options are not exactly massive for Gareth Southgate.

The sapping Polish heat is, er, sapping both sides now. They look very tired indeed as John Swift tests Adrian Chovan from long range.

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Fair play to Andy - who at 1-0 down called out a 3-1 win for the boys in blue....

andy: Just the 1 goal needed then...

Christophe Talbotski: Ward-Prowse and Redmond. 2 players who can, should, and hopefully will progress to the full international setup

Nathan Redmond of England celebrates
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Into the final 20 minutes. Can England hold on for just a second win in 11 games at these finals since 2009?

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There's loads of space for England now on the break. It's wide open. John Swift wastes a really good chance though, moving into the area with men over but losing it in a tackle.

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Good play again from Jacob Murphy, who may be playing his way into a career at full-back here. He frees Nathan Redmond, who looks up and again can't find Tammy Abraham. Who is having a rather thankless task up front so far in the tournament.

'England need to be resilient'

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Ian Dennis

Senior football reporter in Poland for 5 live Sport

That's silenced the Slovakian support. For the first time you can actually hear the England fans.

England showed character coming from behind and will now need to be resilient.

The heat could be a factor and Slovakia still look strong with Lobotka in midfield.

PENALTY APPEAL

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Jacob Murphy is doing a job at right-back for England since coming on and he has a moment of panic, blocking a cross with his hand! England have got away with one there...

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Alfie Mawson clears well as England repel a cross from the left. They can't afford to sit back and dwell on this lead. Game of the tournament so far?

GOAL - Slovakia U21 1-2 England U21

Nathan Redmond

Nathan Redmond of England scores a goal
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England have turned it around! Nathan Redmond strikes but there have to be huge question marks for the Slovakian defence!

James Ward-Prowse looks up in the centre-circle and pings a ball to the left, where England have three men in on goal! Bizarre defending.

Redmond picks it up, cuts into the box and hits a shot which takes a slight deflection on its way into the far corner. He scored in the 2015 tournament as well.

Nathan Redmond of England celebrates
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England have rather gone back into their shells since the goal. Slovakia now looking lively again. Reset button pressed.

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Slovakia now with a spell of pressure, ending with Matus Bero shooting wide from 20 yards. The initiative is there to be seized.

England goalscorer Alfie Mawson did a great interview recently with (I think) the Guardian by the way. All about car boot sales. Better than it sounds - check it out.

Seize the initiative

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Ian Dennis

Senior football reporter in Poland for 5 live Sport

England have made a change and there seems to be a change of direction.

They were not good enough and this remains a real test for these young players.

It was a scruffy leveller but James Ward-Prowse yesterday talked about a lucky break. England need to seize the initiative now.

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England play hosts Poland in the final game in the group on Thursday evening. If they can find a second goal now that game could be very interesting.

Jordan Pickford comes off his line well to claim a cross.

Confederations Cup result

Australia 2-3 Germany

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World champions Germany beat Australia in Sochi to record their first Confederations Cup win for 12 years.

The Socceroos were 3-1 down when Tomi Juric's goal was allowed to stand despite a suspected handball after a review by the video assistant referee.

Lars Stindl had put Germany ahead before Celtic's Tom Rogic equalised.

Julian Draxler's penalty made it 2-1 after Leon Goretzka was bundled over by QPR's Massimo Luongo before Goretzka scored the third.

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Alfie Mawson celebrates
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England's first goal of the tournament and it could be a big one. It's a tester for Slovakia mentally too. They were all set for a half of backs-to-the-wall defending. Now they may have to reset.

Good move again, down the left this time and Lewis Baker is into the area. Can he find Tammy Abraham in the middle?

Cleared!

Lewis Baker reacts
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GOAL - Slovakia U21 1-1 England U21

Alfie Mawson

England level! For once they deliver a good cross and it counts. A corner is flapped at, it comes out wide, Jacob Murphy sends over a good ball and while Calum Chambers misses it, team-mate Alfie Mawson doesn't.

His shot is saved by Adrian Chovan, but he can only palm it out and Mawson follows in to convert, stabbing home from two yards.

Game on!

Alfie Mawson of England scores a goal
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'Aidy' Boothroyd whose club managerial record reads: 135 wins and 135 losses. Even his stats are dull.

Nick, London