England youngsters fall at final hurdle

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England Under-19s failed to cope with hosts Ukraine and ended up 2-0 losers in Sunday's European Championship final in Donetsk.

Goals in the fifth minute of each half, from Denys Garmash and then Dmytro Korkishko, were too much for Brian Eastick's youngsters.

England, who kicked off after a minute's silence was observed following the death two days ago of Sir Bobby Robson, had looked an improving team on their way to the final.

Having previously drawn 2-2 with Ukraine in the group stages, they booked their rematch with a 3-1 extra-time win over France in Thursday's semi-final.

They soon found themselves trailing, however, when Garmash got on the end of a corner to the near post and powered the ball past goalkeeper Jason Steele.

England thought they were level shortly after the quarter-hour mark when Aston Villa's Nathan Delfouneso had the ball in the net - only to discover his effort was ruled out for offside.

England's best chances came in the first half and fell first to Danny Drinkwater and then via a Henri Lansbury free-kick, which he sent struck straight into the wall from a promising position.

It was from a similar position that England were to go 2-0 down, Dan Gosling unfairly impeding Garmash and Korkishko placing the ball beyond Steele into the net.

Ukraine captain Kyrylo Petrov and Korkishko again could easily have extended the home lead, while England had few chances to get back into the match in the second half.

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