Jump directly to the content

News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services.

DREAM TEAM

Your Sun

A News UK Company
TOP
ONES TO WATCH

Toulon Tournament: England win on penalties to lift Under-21 trophy

Leeds youngster Ronaldo Vieira scores winning penalty in victory over Ivory Coast

England retained the Toulon Tournament after defeating the Ivory Coast on penalties.

With the game level at 1-1 at full-time, Leeds youngster Ronaldo Vieira was the hero of the hour as he slotted home the winning penalty.

The annual tournament sees under-21 players the chance to show what they’ve got on the international stage.

England sent a predominantly under-18 side out to France to mix it with sides such as Brazil, Czech Republic and Wales.

It was the 19th time England have competed in the tournament, and the sixth time they’ve lifted the trophy.

David Brooks scored after 15 minutes to give the Three Lions the perfect start, before being fouled in the area on 40 minutes.

England sent their Under-18 side to the Toulon Tournament, where countries can send any player under the age of 21.

TGSPhoto/REX/Shutterstock
3
England sent their Under-18 side to the Toulon Tournament, where countries can send any player under the age of 21.

Remember the name! David Brooks opens the scoring for England against Ivory Coast

TGSPhoto/REX/Shutterstock
3
Remember the name! David Brooks opens the scoring for England against Ivory Coast

However, Sheffield Wednesday youngster George Hirst, the son of former Owls player David Hirst, saw his tame penalty saved.

George Hirst’s penalty for England is saved by the Ivory Coast goalkeeper

TGSPhoto/REX/Shutterstock
3
George Hirst’s penalty for England is saved by the Ivory Coast goalkeeper

And there was late drama as England’s opponents conceded a penalty of their own, which Loba converted for the Ivory Coast.

That meant the game went to penalties, and after the first seven penalties were scored the Ivory Coast missed at 4-3 to give Vieira the chance to win it.

He slotted home with confidence to seal the country’s sixth tournament win, retaining the trophy for the first time since 1994.

England’s Harvey Barnes and George Hirst leave the competition as top scorers, joint with Angola’s Chico Banza on four goals.

They join an illustrious list of former players such as Thierry Henry and Alan Shearer to be the tournament’s top scorer.


DREAM TEAM COMEDY –  When Premier League clubs go for job interviews…