Domagoj Bradaric popped as much as ship Croatia by way of to the final eight on the Young Lions’ expense with an exquisite late purpose
England Under-21s got here inside seconds of a outstanding nice escape within the European Championship, solely to see a last-minute strike knock them out of the competitors.
Aidy Boothroyd’s prices led 2-0 towards Croatia going into the ultimate moments of their final group recreation.
That outcome would have seen them by way of to the quarters, however Domagoj Bradaric had different concepts as he despatched them crashing out with a shocking purpose from distance.
The finish for the Young Lions
England went into the final spherical of matches in Group D needing a minor miracle after tasting defeat of their opening two clashes towards Switzerland and Portugal.
In order to progress, the Young Lions have been obliged to beat Croatia by a two-goal margin and hope that Portugal beat the Swiss by three objectives or extra.
Portugal got here by way of with a 3-0 win to report an ideal 9 factors within the group, whereas objectives from Eberechi Eze and Curtis Jones gave England the required margin to undergo.
Bradaric’s 91st minute hit, nonetheless, turned the tables in favour of Croatia, who be part of Portugal within the final eight.
The runners-up, Switzerland and England all completed with three factors, but it surely was the Balkans aspect who certified by advantage of their superior purpose distinction – a bonus of a single purpose that will have been in Boothroyd’s prices’ favour have been it not for Wednesday’s dramatic end.
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This newest elimination confirms England’s underwhelming report at U21 in recent times.
They additionally did not advance previous the group stage in 2019, whereas 5 out of their final six campaigns have completed in that section.
The nation has fared higher in different age teams, most notably reaching a double triumph within the U20 World Cup and U19 European Championship again in 2017.