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England 1-2 France: Young Lions suffer heartbreak as Les Bleus strike twice at the death

Mirror logo Mirror 18/06/2019 Simon Bird
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Phil Foden conjured a world class strike but ten man England crashed to a desperate last gasp defeat – despite France missing two penalties.

The Manchester City star lived up to his pre-tournament billing from UEFA as the “one to watch” but his strike was cancelled out by a stunning comeback in the last minutes of the game.

Phil Foden © Catalyst Phil Foden

While Foden brought gasps of admiration for the skill and impudence of his strike, England needed heroics from keeper Dean Henderson, who saved a spot kick and made several vital stops to stay in the game.

Their resistance crumbled in spectacular fashion. A minute from time Jonathan Ikone swept home a deserved equaliser.

Then deep in injury time sub Jean-Philippe Mateta forced home the French winner at the back post.

It leaves England already facing an early exit in a tournament they had hoped to win.

a group of people playing football in a cage: Wan-Bissaka's late own goal gave France victory © AFP/Getty Images Wan-Bissaka's late own goal gave France victory

England's kids fought out the last 34 minutes a man short after Hamza Choudhury was sent off for a bad tackle in the box.

Foden broke the deadlock after 54 minutes, with a goal that may not be matched in the tournament.

England were struggling to find space to build attacks in front of a strong-arm French defence, but Foden's vision found a way.

a man playing a game of football: Foden opened the scoring for England © Getty Images Foden opened the scoring for England

The 19-year-old gathered the ball 35 yards out and slithered through four challenges. As the French defence backed off, realising the trickery they were faced with, space opened up 18 yards out.

Foden has netted seven goals for Manchester City this season, including in the Champions League, and showed his compose by passing the ball, almost gently, into the corner of the goal.

It was a goal of genuine world class quality that will be replayed as an example of the talent England have in their youth ranks.

The goal should have seen England kick on, but they ended up exhausted and over-run after midfielder Choudhury was dismissed after 66 minutes.

a man standing in front of a crowd of people watching a football game: Choudhury was sent off after consultation with VAR © UEFA via Getty Images Choudhury was sent off after consultation with VAR

The Leicester man crunched the ankle of the lively Jonathan Bamba as he tried to shoot, conceding a penalty and earning a red card after a VAR review.

For the second time France failed to convert form 12 yards. Houssem Aouar failed to hit the target in a major let off.

In the first half it was Dean Henderson who was the spot kick hero, denying Moussa Dembele with a fine save. The Manchester United keeper said last week he was keep to face penalties because it gave him the chance to be a hero.

England now need two wins to have any chance of reaching the semi finals.

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