A quintet of Chelsea players were involved with England Under-21s as they crashed to a 4-2 defeat to Romania Under-21s at the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championships in Italy this evening.
Fikayo Tomori, Jake Clarke-Salter, Jay Dasilva and Mason Mount all started the Group C match in Cesena while forward Tammy Abraham came off the bench to net England’s second goal of the game.
The Romanians were unlucky not to take the lead inside 10 minutes in Italy with the lively Andrei Ivan striking an early effort off the post.
Mirel Radoi’s side always looked the more likely to break the deadlock in the first half but they created few clear-cut chances following Ivan’s warning shot while their goalkeeper Andrei Radu remained largely untested at the other end as the half ended goalless.
The second half saw Ianis Hagi test Dean Henderson in the England goal before Radu saved a sharp shot from substitute Phil Foden. James Maddison and Foden then had the Romanian keeper worried with efforts on goal during a purple patch in the game for Aidy Boothroyd’s side.
It was beginning to look more and more like the game would end goalless as the clock stuck 75 minutes but the contest was soon to provide major drama. First, Jonjoe Kenny fouled Florinel Teodor Coman in the box to concede a penalty kick, George Puscas successfully converting from 12 yards. Demarai Gray soon equalised for The Young Lions with a thumping effort from outside of the box before Dominic Calvert-Lewin twice went close to grabbing the lead for his side for the first time.
The game wasn’t to end well for England. Hagi rifled in Romania’s second goal from range with just five minutes left and while Chelsea striker Abraham soon levelled matters for a second time, a late brace from Coman sealed a memorable victory for Radoi’s side to heap misery on Boothroyd and his England troops.
England face Croatia in San Marino in their final group match on Monday, a fixture which now holds little significance for a side which includes a handful of players who won the FIFA Under-20 World Cup just two years ago.