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European Under-21 Championship Qualifying

(ATT 19,807) 14th November 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: Paolo Valeri

England U21 England U21 vs Finland U21 Finland U21

England U21 3

M Keane (21)
S Berahino (37, 90+1)

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Finland U21 0

P O'Shaughnessy (S/O 70)

Euro U21: Saido Berahino scores twice as England beat Finland 3-0

By Pete Hall Follow @Pistolpeteh86.   Last Updated: 15/11/13 9:56am

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England cemented their place at the top of Euro U21 Championship Qualification Group 1 with a comfortable 3-0 win over Finland in Milton Keynes.

Sitting joint top with Wales coming into this clash, the Young Lions never looked like suffering their first ever defeat to the Finns, especially after Manchester United youngster Michael Keane had headed them into an early lead.

West Brom hitman Berahino then continued his fine form in front of goal by tapping in from close range to double the home side's lead.

That crucial second made the second-half little more than a mere procession, with Berahino's late third confirming Gareth Southgate's men are now three points clear at the top of their group, with plenty still to come in reserve.

With a wealth of attacking talent on show, Finland really struggled to handle the pace of the England side, and it seemed only a matter of time until the home side did break the deadlock.

The only surprise is that the goal came from a set-piece, as Keane firmly headed in Jame Ward-Prowse's inch-perfect free-kick to net him his second goal in as many games.

The goal did little to alter the tempo of the match, with the visitors constantly on the back foot.

And after an excellent save from a Luke Shaw cross-cum-shot by Fulham youngster Jesse Joronen in the Finland goal, Berahino was on hand to notch his fifth goal in his last four U21 appearances to put England in a comfortable position.

The Young Lions cruised after the interval, trying flicks and tricks without being pressured by the Finns.

Patrick O'Shaughnessy's dismissal made England's task even more comfortable, but chances came and went as they looked to extend their lead.

Substitute Tom Ince didn't quite connect when free at the back post, Wilfried Zaha saw his close-range effort well saved and Berahino was inches away from netting his second of the night, but saw his thunderous effort come back off the crossbar.

But the West Brom youngster didn't have to wait long to further add to his impressive goal tally in this campaign, neatly slotting the ball away after excellent work from substitute Jesse Lingard late on.

Jack Butland did have one late save to make but new boss Southgate will rarely get easier nights than this and will be very confident that his side can seal a trip to Czech Republic in two years' time.

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Matches

  • European Under-21 Championship Qualifying

    Thu 14th Nov - Group Four
    • Hungary U21
      0 - 2
      Albania U21
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    • Bosnia U21
      1 - 6
      Spain U21
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    Thu 14th Nov - Group Five
    • Croatia U21
      0 - 2
      Switzerland U21
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    Thu 14th Nov - Group Three
    • Slovakia U21
      2 - 2
      Holland U21
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    • Scotland U21
      1 - 1
      Georgia U21
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    Thu 14th Nov - Group One
    • England U21
      3 - 0
      Finland U21
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    Thu 14th Nov - Group Ten
    • France U21
      6 - 0
      Armenia U21
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    Thu 14th Nov - Group Nine
    • Italy U21
      3 - 0
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Tables

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group One

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 England U21 7 19
2 Moldova U21 7 13
3 Wales U21 7 10
4 Finland U21 7 9
5 Lithuania U21 7 7
6 San Marino U21 9 4

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Two

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Denmark U21 8 20
2 Russia U21 7 16
3 Slovenia U21 7 8
4 Bulgaria U21 8 8
5 Estonia U21 7 8
6 Andorra U21 7 1

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Three

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Slovakia U21 6 13
2 Holland U21 4 10
3 Georgia U21 7 8
4 Scotland U21 5 7
5 Luxembourg U21 6 1

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Four

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain U21 6 18
2 Austria U21 6 12
3 Hungary U21 6 6
4 Bosnia U21 6 6
5 Albania U21 8 6

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Five

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Croatia U21 6 15
2 Switzerland U21 6 12
3 Ukraine U21 3 6
4 Latvia U21 5 6
5 Liechtenstein U21 6 0

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Six

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Germany U21 6 14
2 Montenegro U21 6 11
3 Romania U21 6 9
4 Rep of Ireland U21 7 8
5 Faroe Islands U21 7 1

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Seven

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Poland U21 7 15
2 Greece U21 6 12
3 Turkey U21 6 10
4 Sweden U21 6 10
5 Malta U21 7 0

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Eight

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Portugal U21 5 15
2 Israel U21 5 9
3 Norway U21 6 6
4 Macedonia U21 5 4
5 Azerbaijan U21 5 4

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Nine

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Serbia U21 6 13
2 Belgium U21 7 13
3 Italy U21 6 12
4 Cyprus U21 6 6
5 N Ireland U21 7 3

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Ten

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 France U21 6 18
2 Iceland U21 6 12
3 Kazakhstan U21 7 9
4 Armenia U21 6 6
5 Belarus U21 7 3

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Eleven

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Sweden U21 2 6
2 Denmark U21 2 3
3 Macedonia U21 2 0

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Twelve

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bulgaria U21 2 6
2 Ukraine U21 2 3
3 Croatia U21 2 0

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Thirteen

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Israel U21 2 4
2 Turkey U21 2 2
3 Wales U21 2 1

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Fourteen

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 France U21 2 6
2 Slovenia U21 2 3
3 Scotland U21 2 0

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