Euro U21 Qualifying
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England U21 5-0 Lithuania U21

Saido Berahino scores a penalty

England Under-21s thrashed Lithuania to move top of their 2015 European Championship qualifying group.

Ravel Morrison finished Wilfried Zaha's cross from close range for the opener, with James Ward-Prowse getting the second direct from a 20-yard free-kick.

Saido Berahino curled a third from the edge of the box, with Morrison's individual run bringing a fourth.

Berahino completed the scoring from the penalty spot as England moved above Wales on goal difference.external-link

Gareth Southgate's side began the day third in Group One, but climbed above Finland, who lost 1-0 in Moldova, and Wales, who beat San Marino 4-0.

Level on 10 points with Wales, England have played two fewer games and are next in action when Finland are welcomed to Stadium MK on 14 November.

In order to qualify for the 2015 tournament in the Czech Republic, England must top the group and then win a two-legged play-off.

They moved to the summit with a dominant performance at Portman Road against a Lithuania side that did not pose a threat.

Zaha and Thomas Ince impressed in wide positions, but it was the performance of Morrison that stood out, the West Ham man full of creativity in a position just behind lone striker Berahino.

Morrison gave England the lead inside two minutes, his mis-hit shot finding the back of the net after Zaha had jinked his way down the left.

Ravel Morrison scores cheeky chip

England doubled their advantage through Ward-Prowse's powerful free-kick after Morrison was fouled, but a 2-0 lead at the half-time was scant reward for the hosts' dominance of possession and territory.

The one-way traffic continued after the break, Berahino having a header saved from Ince's cross, the Blackpool winger then firing past the far post from the right edge of the box.

England eventually extended their lead when Berahino, played through by Zaha, classily finished from the left of the box before Morrison produced the highlight of the evening.

Collecting the ball just inside the Lithuania half, he saw off two defenders, rounded the goalkeeper and rolled home from the six-yard box before Berahino completed the rout from the spot after Jack Robinson was fouled in the box.

Line-ups

England U21

  • 1Butland
  • 2Stones
  • 5Chalobah
  • 6Keane
  • 3Robinson
  • 8Ward-Prowse
  • 4CarrollSubstituted forJenkinsonat 16'minutes
  • 7InceSubstituted forRedmondat 76'minutes
  • 10Morrison
  • 11Zaha
  • 9BerahinoSubstituted forPowellat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Jenkinson
  • 13Bond
  • 14Dier
  • 15Lingard
  • 16Redmond
  • 17Powell
  • 18Kane

Lithuania U21

  • 1Lidakevicius
  • 19Beneta
  • 14Girdvainis
  • 23ZarskisBooked at 75mins
  • 6GunevicBooked at 77mins
  • 5Zukauskas
  • 9RibokasSubstituted forSnapkauskasat 86'minutes
  • 20NorvilasSubstituted forVerbickasat 68'minutes
  • 2Kiselevskis
  • 17BirskysBooked at 56mins
  • 18SpalvisSubstituted forLaukzemisat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Artimavicius
  • 8Laukzemis
  • 11Verbickas
  • 12Svedkauskas
  • 15Snapkauskas
  • 16Sendzikas
  • 21Dapkus

Match Stats

Home TeamEngland U21Away TeamLithuania U21
Possession
Home71%
Away29%
Shots
Home21
Away3
Shots on Target
Home13
Away1
Corners
Home9
Away1
Fouls
Home5
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, England U21 5, Lithuania U21 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, England U21 5, Lithuania U21 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Nathan Redmond (England U21).

  4. Post update

    Tomas Snapkauskas (Lithuania U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Nick Powell (England U21) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nathan Redmond.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nathan Redmond (England U21) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Carl Jenkinson.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Wilfried Zaha (England U21) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jack Robinson.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Lithuania U21. Tomas Snapkauskas replaces Arnas Ribokas.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ravel Morrison (England U21) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Wilfried Zaha following a corner.

  10. Post update

    Corner, England U21. Conceded by Markas Beneta.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. James Ward-Prowse (England U21) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Wilfried Zaha.

  12. Post update

    Corner, England U21. Conceded by Daniel Gunevic.

  13. Post update

    Foul by James Ward-Prowse (England U21).

  14. Post update

    Povilas Kiselevskis (Lithuania U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Wilfried Zaha (England U21) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Carl Jenkinson with a cross.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Ward-Prowse (England U21) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

  17. Post update

    Nick Powell (England U21) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Edvinas Girdvainis (Lithuania U21).

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. John Stones (England U21) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse with a cross following a set piece situation.

  20. Booking

    Daniel Gunevic (Lithuania U21) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.