England U-20 0-1 Uruguay U-20: Stunning late finish by Viudez finishes off lackluster England
A jaw-dropping late scissor-kick by Uruguay’s Tabare Viudez broke England’s resolve to take all three points by a 1-0 scoreline in Ismailia.
The loss means Brian Eastick’s squad continues England’s miserable run in the U-20 FIFA World Cup with no goals in their last seven matches and no wins in their last eight.
Uruguayan coach Diego Aguirre had done his homework on the young Lions side, making the first half balanced and with little chances falling to either side.
With free play offering little chances, Uruguay looked to convert a Jonathan Urretaviscaya corner only to have it put over the crossbar by Sebastian Coates. England then failed in a chance to convert a corner of their own with Liverpool defender Martin Kelly putting it wide of the mark.
Uruguay again looked dangerous in the first half with one of their only shots on goal from Nicolas Lodeiro being collected by a scrambling Elliot Parish in the England net.
Abel Hernandez and Viudez were brought on at half-time to bring the encounter to life, with Viudez doing his best to comply a mere seven minutes later by firing a shot which Kelly deflected wide for a corner.
Substitute Hernandez had his own goal-scoring chance spurned by Parish, who the striker failed to beat in a one-on-one situation, firing the ball straight at the England net minder.
Perhaps Uruguay’s best chance fell to captain Lodeiro who was played through into the six yard box by Hernandez only to fire wide of the target from point blank range.
Six minutes from time, Viudez connected with a scissor-kick on a Urretaviscaya cross which proved to be all Uruguay needed to take three points from the tie.
England have it all to do in breaking their goal-scoring duck at the U-20 level. Ghana is next up for the young Lions.