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UEFA U21 Championship

  • 15 October 2013
  • • 18:00
  • • Portman Road Stadium, Ipswich, Suffolk
  • Referee: A. Jaccottet
  • • Attendance: 17069
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  • England climb to the top of Group 1 following Moldova's victory over Finland, having played a game more than most of the rivals.
  • 90' + 2'
    And that's it! England win 5-0 after dominating from the off. A hugely impressive display.
  • 89'
    There will be two minutes of added time.
  • 86'
    SubstitutionArnas Ribokas Tomas Snapkauskas
  • 86'
    Second-half substitute Nick Powell looks to get in on the act in the dying moments, latching on to Berahino's driven cross from the right wing, but his improved finish flicks off the legs of Girdvainis and away.
  • 83'
    And Ward-Prowse nearly gets his second with a blistering right-footed drive from the edge of the area which smacks off the inside of the post and away. Very unlucky.
  • 80'
    Into the final 10 minutes here at Portman Road, and England look to have even more goals in them.
  • 78'
    England nearly make it six as Ward-Prowse's free kick meets Stones 10 yards out, but the defender's downwards header is off target.
  • 77'
    Yellow Card Arnas Ribokas
  • 77'
    SubstitutionSaido Berahino Nick Powell
  • 77'
    SubstitutionThomas Ince Nathan Redmond
  • 76'
    Yellow Card Edgaras Žarskis
  • 76'
    Penalty Goal Saido Berahino
    GOAL! Berahino makes in 5-0, making Lidakevicius dive the wrong way as he slots the ball into the bottom right-hand corner.
  • 74'
    SubstitutionLukas Spalvis Karolis Laukžemis
  • 74'
    PENALTY TO ENGLAND!
  • 73'
    England smell blood here, they are flooding toward in numbers.
  • 71'
    Goal Ravel Morrison
    GOAL!! 4-0! Morrison just gets better and better. The West Ham man collects the ball 50 yards from goal and just charges towards the Lithuania defence, skipping past three players before waiting for Lidakevicius to set himself and slots home. Reminiscent of his goal against Tottenham.
  • 68'
    SubstitutionDovydas Norvilas Ovidijus Verbickas
  • 66'
    Another minute, another chance for England and again Ince goes close, this time guiding a header just under Lidakevicius' bar before the keeper palms it away.
  • 63'
    Goal Saido Berahino
    GOAL!! Now it is 3-0, and it is West Brom starlet Berahino who collects Zaha's through-ball to bend the ball around Lidakevicius from the left-hand corner of the penalty area. Great finish.
  • 61'
    Oh, wow. That would have been some goal! Ince takes an angled pass towards the right flank in his stride, controls the ball and turns a defender in one move from bending a left-footed drive towards Lidakevicius' far post ... and sees it whistle inches wide.
  • 56'
    Yellow Card Tomas Birškys
  • 55'
    There seems to be a bit of activity on the England bench, we may see a change soon.
  • 53'
    ...Chabolah whips in a delivery towards the near post that runs through to Stones at the back; he skips out of the area, turns a defender and brings the ball back towards the six-yard box but his low drive towards the center is cut out. Superb control.
  • 52'
    England starting to get back into their first-half groove now as they win a corner on the left-hand side...
  • 49'
    That should be 3-0! A superb whipped cross from the right is met by Berahino with a diving header, that the Lithuania keeper palms away from two yards out.
  • 48'
    Low-key start to the second half with England calmly playing the ball between defence and midfield at the moment. Lithuania are seeing more of the ball.
  • 46'
    We are back underway here, with England leading 2-0.
  • So that was an utterly dominant first-half display from England. Lithuania barely had a look in, if at all. Very promising, especially from Ravel Morrison who has a goal and an assist to his name.
  • 45' + 1'
    And the referee has seen enough, cutting the first half a few seconds short.
  • 45'
    We are into added time here, of which there will be one minute.
  • 43'
    Keane plays the free kick short towards Ince but Lithuania immediately clear.
  • 42'
    England are in cruise control here, and Morrison is everywhere. He wins another free kick, this time around 35 yards out...
  • 39'
    ...which comes to nothing.
  • 38'
    England really are playing well tonight - and their increasing possession percentage of 80 is evidence of that - and nearly grab a third as Morrison skips past the attentions of four Lithuania defenders to find Ward-Prowse darting into the area, but his cut-back is diverted behind for a corner...
  • 36'
    Big, BIG shout for a penalty as Ince goes down under the stretched leg of Zarskis, but the referee awards a corner ... and replays show it was the correct decision.
  • 35'
    A little injury scare for man-of-the-moment Morrison as he skids on the turf and falls to ground under a challenge, but he looks to be able to walk it off.
  • 33'
    England are taking their time to find an opening now after a frantic few minutes, and the pace of the game as slowed.
  • 30'
    And it's nearly 3-0 as Chalobah climbs highest to meet Keane's long, hanging free kick ... but the offside flag is raised as his header skims over the bar.
  • 27'
    Goal James Ward-Prowse
    GOAL! Wow! Ward-Prowse scores a brilliant free kick, curling it over the ball and into the goalkeeper's top right-hand corner. 2-0.
  • 26'
    It's one upmanship tricks-wise between Zaha and Morrison, with the latter winning a free kick on the edge of the area ... Ward-Prowse is standing over the ball...
  • 25'
    Ooof! That was nearly glorious from Ward-Prowse. The Southampton youngster is found on the edge of the area after good hold-up play from Berahino, opens up his body but his curled effort is a foot over the bar.
  • 23'
    Berahino with his first real opportunity to impress now, skipping past a challenge to test Lidakevicius - but the goalkeeper collects with ease.
  • 21'
    Ok, I take it back (partly). Zaha again does really well down the left flank and instead of cutting it back he opts to skip inside and gets a weak shot off. Very neat.
  • 19'
    Zaha has all the flicks and tricks to keep the spectators happy, but twice inside a minute he fails to make any headway towards the Lithuania goal doing as such.
  • 17'
    Chalobah now looks like he will move into midfield, with Jenkinson going into defence for a little reshuffle by Southgate.
  • 16'
    SubstitutionThomas Carroll Carl Jenkinson
  • 16'
    Early change for England as Carl Jenkinson comes on for Carroll who appears to have sustained an ankle injury minutes ago.
  • 13'
    First glimmer of a chance for Lithuania, but Keane smartly shepherds the ball out of play before the ball reaches the penalty area.
  • 11'
    11 minutes gone and England are boasting 70 per cent possession. The visitors really struggling to get out of their own half at the moment.
  • 8'
    More fine work from Morrison as he darts forward to collect a neat forward pass from Carroll. But, instead of continuing his run towards the Lithuania defence, the forward diverts his run and spreads the play out wide. Clever.
  • 5'
    One-way traffic here in Ipswich, with Ward-Prowse and Carroll keeping England ticking over in midfield.
  • 2'
    Goal Ravel Morrison
    GOAL! England are ahead! A fantastic start for the home side as Ravel Morrison sends Zaha racing down the left before the winger's pull back is scuffed in by the West Ham youngster. 1-0.
  • 2'
    An early heart-in-mouth time for England as Butland's poor first touch from a Keane backpass nearly lets Lithuania in ... but the Stoke goalkeeper clears.
  • 1'
    And we are underway at Portman Road!
  • Just under 10 minutes until kick-off in Ipswich, and England will know they can go top of Group 1 with victory depending on results elsewhere.
  • Subs: Bond, Jenkinson, Dier, Lingard, Redmond, Powell, Kane.
  • England starting XI: Butland, Stones, Robinson, Carroll, Chalobah, Keane, Ince, Ward-Prowse, Berahino, Morrison, Zaha.
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