Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored and Freddie Woodman spared a penalty as England beat Venezuela 1-0 to win their first Under-20 World Cup title and end the country’s 51-year wait for an international trophy on Sunday
A strike by Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the first half was sufficient to beat a vivacious Venezuela side at the Suwon World Cup Stadium in South Korea.
Goalkeeper Freddie Woodman was another legend for England, as he spared a penalty that ensured England lifted a World Cup for the first time since Bobby Moore held on high the 1966 Jules Rimet trophy.
The Young Lions needed to withstand a ferocious second-half assault with goalkeeper Woodman saving a penalty from Venezuela’s Adalberto Penaranda 16 minutes from the end.â
The young Lions had the better of the early minutes with Chelsea’s Dominic Solanke driving a save from Wuilker Farinez and seeing a long extend effort go wide in the opening quarter of 60 minutes.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin lifts the trophy
Venezuela, who have never qualified for the senior World Cup, were showing up and set aside the opportunity to settle until Ronaldo Lucena’s staggering free-kick hit the post in the 24th minute. And it appeared to be no danger as he prepared to take a free-kick from the edge of the circle but his furious swerving drive shocked Woodman as it crashed against the post from 40 meters out.
Calvert-Lewin already comes closer with a header when he scored what turned out to be the Young Lions winner in the 35th minute. The striker rose to beat Nahuel Ferraresi to the high ball on the edge of the box and saw his right-foot shot parried by Farinez.â and he at that point committed no error with his left foot from the bounce back and smashed the ball home.
Venezuela took control after half-time as England defended deep and attempted to hit on the counter. The tiny but enthusiastic substitute Yeferson Soteldo, who stands 5ft 3in (160cm) tall, stimulated his side and promptly sent in Sergio Cordova to force a fine save from Woodman one-on-one.
Venezuela’s pressure at long last paid off when Penaranda was brought around Jake Clarke-Salter and the ref Bjorn Kuipers awarded a penalty, Penaranda got up to take the spot-kick only to see his feeble strike down the center as Woodman flung a hand behind him as he jumped on his right side and saved what could have been a devastating blow for the Young Lions victory.