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West Brom striker rescues England Under-21s

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Gareth Southgate's England Under-21 side were again saved by West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino as they drew 1-1 against Finland on Monday evening. 

The new England Under-21 boss got off to a good start on Thursday night against Moldova with Berahino netting a bullet shot to score the only goal of the game.

Southgate's Young Lions are third in Group 1 but have only played two matches, compared to the four games already played by leaders Finland. 

The West Brom forward saved Southgate's unbeaten record on Monday night in Tampere, with a 67th minute equaliser to earn his side a point. 

Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland was deceived by a long-range effort and was caught out of position as Finland took a deserved lead. The hosts then had two more chances to score but were denied. 

Berahino popped up to score from close range after good work from Wilfried Zaha, with just over 20 minutes to go. However, things turned sour when captain Andre Wisdom was sent off after an altercation with Tim Vayrynen.

Southgate, speaking to the FA.com, was pleased with his team's reaction to conceding the goal and losing a man. 

"We've got to keep doing the right things and we kept passing and probing. We kept doing that when we went down to 10 men as well, which was really pleasing," he said. 

Berahino, who scored a hat-trick in his West Brom debut last month, has scored two goals in two games for the Under-21s and Southgate can see his scoring prowess. 

"Saido had been a goal threat and we know that Harry's (Kane) a goalscorer, so maybe that change of shape gives the opposition something to think about," he added

The Under-21s face San Marino on October 10 before playing Lithuania five days later. 

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