Euro U21 Qualifying
Wales U211England U213

Uefa qualifier: Wales U21 1-3 England U21

Nathan Redmond of England scores

England Under-21s beat Wales Under-21s to claim a sixth successive win and move to the brink of qualifying for the play-offs to reach the Euro finals.

A Nathan Redmond hat-trick opened up a nine-point gap at the top of Group One and if Moldova fail to win in Finland on 1 June then England will advance.

Redmond dispossessed Lloyd Isgrove to score at the near post, before adding two more from the edge of the area.

Gwion Edwards had briefly brought Wales level when he headed in from a corner.

Despite their defeat at Swansea's Liberty Stadium, Wales' qualification hopes are not over as they remain three points behind Moldova, although having played a game more, and could possibly still claim one of the best runners-up spots.

The 10 group winners and four best runners-up will be paired off in two-legged play-offs to determine the seven sides that will join tournament hosts the Czech Republic in the finals in June 2015.

Redmond opened the scoring after catching Isgrove in possession, then cutting in from the left to score inside the near post as the defence stood off.

Wales were level within two minutes from a corner, as Edwards made a forceful run to the near post before out-jumping James Ward-Prowse to head in at his home stadium.

The hosts could have then gone ahead when Isgrove was played through, but Jack Butland stood tall in the England goal to deny the Southampton winger.

Connor Roberts needed to be equally alert in the opposite goal, as he produced a fine triple save to deny Danny Ings and two point-blank attempts from Jesse Lingard.

The goalkeeper, who left Cheltenham Town this week in search of first-team football, then did well at full stretch to push away a pile-driver from Luke Garbutt.

The Everton full-back had been a real thorn in Wales' side in the first half and another rampaging run down the hosts' right flank saw Garbutt find Lingard in space, who in turn set up Redmond to score his second.

Redmond could have sealed his hat-trick soon after half-time. The speedy Norwich forward left two Wales defenders in his wake but his shot struck the base of the post with Roberts beaten.

Roberts showed good reflexes to stop Lingard's deflected shot, after the Manchester United striker made space with a neat one-two with Tom Ince, before substitute Saido Berahino fired just wide.

But with Wales struggling to get out of their half, it seemed only a matter of time before England increased their lead.

That the visitors did not score again until time added on was partly down to some sloppy finishing and determined last-ditch defending, but also to torrential rain that made the playing surface slippery and uncertain.

But Redmond sealed a deserved hat-trick at the death, as he picked up a loose ball before charging down on goal and unleashing another fierce shot from the edge of the area.

Line-ups

Wales U21

  • 1Roberts
  • 2FreemanSubstituted forAlfeiat 45'minutes
  • 5Ray
  • 6Walsh
  • 3John
  • 4Lucas
  • 8PritchardSubstituted forO'Sullivanat 42'minutes
  • 7Edwards
  • 10Evans
  • 11IsgroveSubstituted forWilliamsat 40'minutes
  • 9Burns

Substitutes

  • 12Ward
  • 13Fox
  • 14O'Sullivan
  • 15Alfei
  • 16Loveridge
  • 17Williams
  • 18Ogleby

England U21

  • 1Butland
  • 2Jenkinson
  • 5Keane
  • 6Moore
  • 3Garbutt
  • 4ChalobahBooked at 70mins
  • 8Ward-ProwseBooked at 58mins
  • 7InceSubstituted forKaneat 79'minutesSubstituted forForster-Caskeyat 85'minutes
  • 10Lingard
  • 11Redmond
  • 9IngsSubstituted forBerahinoat 56'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Browning
  • 13Bond
  • 14Forster-Caskey
  • 15Obita
  • 16Kane
  • 17Berahino
  • 18March
Referee:
Artyom Kuchin

Match Stats

Home TeamWales U21Away TeamEngland U21
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home5
Away25
Shots on Target
Home4
Away10
Corners
Home3
Away7
Fouls
Home3
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Wales U21 1, England U21 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wales U21 1, England U21 3.

Goal!

Goal! Wales U21 1, England U21 3. Saido Berahino (England U21) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nathan Redmond.

Attempt blocked. Nathan Redmond (England U21) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Luke Garbutt with a headed pass.

Luke Garbutt (England U21) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Gwion Edwards (Wales U21).

Substitution

Substitution, England U21. Jake Forster-Caskey replaces Harry Kane because of an injury.

Corner, England U21. Conceded by Joe Walsh.

Attempt blocked. Jesse Lingard (England U21) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nathan Redmond.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Harry Kane (England U21) because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match George Ray (Wales U21) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, England U21. Harry Kane replaces Tom Ince.

Corner, Wales U21. Conceded by Luke Garbutt.

Offside, Wales U21. Gwion Edwards tries a through ball, but Tommy O'Sullivan is caught offside.

Corner, England U21. Conceded by Connor Roberts.

Attempt saved. Jesse Lingard (England U21) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Nathan Redmond (England U21).

Tommy O'Sullivan (Wales U21) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Nathaniel Chalobah (England U21) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Nathaniel Chalobah (England U21).

Tommy O'Sullivan (Wales U21) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nathan Redmond (England U21).

Tommy O'Sullivan (Wales U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Saido Berahino (England U21) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jesse Lingard with a through ball.

Dangerous play by Nathaniel Chalobah (England U21).

Daniel Alfei (Wales U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, England U21. Conceded by Declan John.

Corner, England U21. Conceded by George Ray.

Attempt blocked. Tom Ince (England U21) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Saido Berahino.

Attempt saved. Jesse Lingard (England U21) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tom Ince.

Corner, England U21. Conceded by Joe Walsh.

Nathan Redmond (England U21) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Jesse Lingard.

Booking

James Ward-Prowse (England U21) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by James Ward-Prowse (England U21).

George Williams (Wales U21) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nathaniel Chalobah (England U21).

Lee Evans (Wales U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Ward-Prowse (England U21).

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