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World Youth Festival Toulon
22 May 2014
• Stade Léo-Lagrange, Toulon
Referee: J. Peñaloza Soto
J. Obita 30'
J. Forster-Caskey 53'
J. Cousins 80'+
And with that the full-time whistle blows, and eventually England were able to reflect their dominance on the scoresheet. It goes without question they will to have to improve massively if they are to get out of their group, though. For now I've been Tom Maston, and thanks for joining me.
GOAL!!! Comedy capers at the back as Hassan fluffs a clearance and Cousins has the easiest of tasks of drilling an effort from the edge of the box into the empty net.
We are into two minutes of stoppage time, though the match has been over as a contest for a long time now.
GOOD SAVE! Woodrow again draws Hassan into a save as a long ball is flicked on by the Fulham forward, but the goalkeeper reacts well to parry it high above his head.
Woodrow has looked bright since coming on, and he almost grabs himself a goal as he gets to the byline and looks to finish from a tight angle, but Hassan is able to force it behind.
Qatar make their third change of the evening as Al Saadi is replaced by Hassonin for the final couple of minutes.
England are more than happy to keep the ball in midfield as the clock runs down towards the final whistle.
Teams are allowed to make four outfield changes in the Toulon Tournament, and Southgate is taking full advantage of that rule as Smith replaces Garbutt.
JUST WIDE! Obita almost grabs his second of the game as Woodrow holds a long ball up well and the Reading winger arrows a drive narrowly wide with Hassan beaten.
This match is beginning to peter out, though England will be hoping to make the scoreline more handsome given the more testing fixtures that will face them as the group goes on.
England also make a substitution, with captain Ward-Prowse replaced by Dier for the final ten minutes.
Qatar make their second change as Real Madrid youngster Ali replaces Afif up front.
Forster-Caskey has certainly grown in confidence since his goal, and he tries his luck again as a free-kick is cleared to him 25 yards from goal. His shot is well off-target this time.
Serigne almost ends up in trouble as Woodrow closes him down on the edge of the Qatar box, but the defender can breathe a sigh of relief as the ball bounces out for a throw-in.
Bond struggles to claim the set-piece, and gets lucky after Madebo only fires into the side netting via a deflection. Qatar have made a change in the meantime, with Al Brake replacing Brahmi.
Qatar win a free-kick in a promising position as the pace of Al Saadi gets the better of Garbutt and the full-back bundles him over by the corner flag on the England left.
Southgate makes his first changes of the evening, with McEachran and Berahino replaced by Woodrow and Cousins respectively.
Madebo almost gets clear of the England defence as he breaks from midfield, but he doesn't have the necessary skill to round last man Moore. Finally a test for the Leicester City man which he passes with ease.
GOOD SAVE! The two Brighton men are combining well now, and Forster-Caskey almost has a second as March tees him up on the edge of the area, but Hassan gets down well to push the effort away.
GOAL!!! England double their lead, and should help them to relax now. March works hard in the Qatar box to create some room, but with his run blocked off, Forster-Caskey arrives to drill an effort past Hassan. A superb strike.
Qatar win a free-kick on the left which allows them to deliver a ball into the box, but Afif wastes the opportunity as his cross is underhit and Bond can collect.
The second period is certainly following the pattern of the first, with all of the play taking place in the Qatar half without Hassan being tested by the England forward players.
At 1-0 England remain vulnerable, though centre-backs Moore and Gibson are yet to be tested by the Qatar forwards. The Three Lions will be hoping to improve their goal difference though against such weak opposition.
Forster-Caskey is slightly fortunate to get away with just a ticking off as he leaves Abdurahman on the turf after catching the full-back quite high in his follow-through.
JUST WIDE! Berahino has his best moment of the match as he brings the ball inside from the left, runs at Serigne before curling an effort from the edge of the box that bends just wide of the upright.
Qatar continue to get plenty of men behind the ball, though coach Sanchez Bas does seem to have asked his team to play with a little more attacking intent.
England create the first chance of the second half as March heads a corner that he won on the right-hand side well over the crossbar. This is the Brighton man's first international appearance at any level.
England kick-off and we are back underway...
The two teams are making their way back out onto the pitch, and Southgate will be hoping for much more fluency from his young charges in the second period.
After a single minute of stoppage time, the referee blows the half-time whistle, and England lead through Obita's fine finish. I'll be back in ten minutes to see if they can add to their lead in the second half.
Qatar have shown nothing in terms of attacking play, and you get the feeling England could rattle up the goals in the second half if they can get their own offensive play in better order.
Into the final couple of minutes at the end of the first half, and Berahino almost creates an opening for himself, only for a heavy touch to allow Hassan to come and smother.
Obita again causes problems down the left before lifting a cross to the back post, but Browning cannot control his header and it bobbles harmlessly wide of the post.
Obita is certainly getting more involved down the left-hand side, with the winger again finding space as he gets to the byline. His cross, though, is behind Berahino and the West Brom man cannot reach it.
GOOD CLEARANCE! England almost double their lead as McEachran runs onto Forster-Caskey's pass, and though his shot isn't that strong, Hassan's parry almost carries the ball into the net, only for Abdulrahman to head over the top with March closing in to nod in the rebound.
That seems to have finally settled England down, with their passing much more crisp in midfield.
GOAL!!! Finally England breakthrough, and it's a superb finish by Obita. Ward-Prowse's shot from the edge of the box is blocked out to the left, and the Reading winger arrows a first-time effort past Hassan into the bottom corner from a narrow angle.
England look to up the tempo as they try to attack first down the left through Obita before Browning finds some space on the right. Both times the players are forced backwards, though, and the chance is gone.
Garbutt was excellent against Wales on Monday, and England are looking to use his attacking potency if they can. Qatar remain well organised in all aspects of defence.
With the likes of Redmond on the bench, it wouldn't be surprising to see Southgate make a change early in the second half if the score stays this way. This has certainly been an underwhelming start to the tournament by England.
This is beginning to be very frustrating for England as yet another long ball rolls through to Hassan. This may be a weakened Three Lions team, but they should be making much lighter work of this inexperienced Qatar side.
Still little to report in terms of goalmouth action, with Qatar putting 11 men behind the ball and England struggling to break them down. Brazil, England's next opponents, are watching this with interest from the stands after their earlier 2-0 win over South Korea.
Yet another Ward-Prowse diagonal ball trickles out for a goal kick, and England need to utilise the likes of Obita and Forster-Caskey on the wings with Qatar looking fairly well organised.
Much of England's build-up play is going without reward, and it is already looking like it could be a frustrating evening for Southgate's side. A goal would certainly settle any nerves.
Berahino's pace is causing some problems, and he almost gets an opportunity as a ball over the top from Ward-Prowse sees Hassan collide with one of his defenders, but the West Brom man cannot keep it in play.
Much of England's play is going through captain Ward-Prowse, with the Southampton midfielder sitting in a deeper role alongside McEachran. As yet his passes haven't penetrated the Qatar defence as he would have liked.
After a ropey ten minutes. Qatar are at least looking to get on the ball much more in midfield. This may well be much of the side that plays as the host nation in the 2022 World Cup.
England go the closest they have thus far as a corner from Ward-Prowse strikes Berahino in the chest just yards from goal, but it bobbles just wide of the post. Qatar looking shaky from set-pieces.
Berahino is looking to get beyond the last man at every opportunity, and he almost gets the chance to test Hasan as the ball falls to him on the left-hand side of the box. Fortunately for Qatar, Al Muhaza gets across quickly to block.
Qatar's goalkeeper Hassan has already looked shaky under a couple of crosses from Garbutt on the left, and England will certainly be looking to take advantage by piling plenty of balls into the box as this games goes on.
England have made a bright start, and as expected are keeping the ball with confidence. Qatar's side is made up entirely of players aged 19 or under, so they are certainly the most inexperienced nation in the tournament.
Qatar kick-off and we are underway in Southern France...
The players have made their way out onto the field and we are just going through the national anthems. A reminder that the Toulon matches are played over just two halves of 40 minutes as we approach kick-off...
England have rested a number of their more senior players, including Butland and Nathan Redmond, who scored a hat-trick versu Wales earlier this week.
Qatar: Hassan, Serigne, Doozandeh, Afif, Brahmi, Omer, Al Saadi, Al Muhaza, Madebo, Al Abdien, Abdulrahman.
England: Bond; Browning, Gibson, Brown, Garbutt; Ward-Prowse, McEachran; March, Forster-Caskey, Obita; Berahino.
Before we go any further, the two team line-ups have been announced...
England's squad isn't at its strongest, with the likes of Luke Shaw and Raheem Sterling away with Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad, while Harry Kane pulled out with an ankle injury earlier this week. A number of players also have Play-Off finals over the weekend, and so Southgate has a limited pool of players to pick from. There are still some stars, though, with Jack Butland captaining the side and West Brom's Saido Berahino leading the line.
The Football Association have decided to send a side to compete in Toulon for the first time in nine years, with a view to helping players gain tournament experience and play against sides from across the globe. England won this tournament four times in the 1990s, with the likes of Alan Shearer, David Beckham and David James all impressed ahead of making their full international bows.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of England's Toulon Tournament opener against Qatar. With a number of player's missing for various reasons, Gareth Southgate's squad has arrived in Southern France looking rather depleted, but the Three Lions will still be confident of getting their competition going with a win. I'm Tom Maston and I'll be guiding you through all the action.
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