Late drama sends England U21s out of Euro Championship

Eberechi Eze scores a penalty
Eberechi Eze scored a penalty on his first start for England in this tournament

England suffered injury-time heartbreak as a late Croatia goal saw them fail to make it out of their Euro Under-21 Championship group.

A penalty from Eberechi Eze and a stunning strike from Curtis Jones were not enough to secure their progression, as they needed to win by two clear goals.

Domagoj Bradaric’s late goal secured Croatia’s quarter-final progression.

The knockout round is scheduled to take place between 31 May-6 June.

Defeats against Portugal and Switzerland meant England, who have now failed to advance past the group stage in five out of the last six competitions, needed to defeat Croatia by at least two goals.


Croatia U21

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 12Kotarski
  • 2SverkoSubstituted forMusaat 86′minutes
  • 22Vuskovic
  • 16Franjic
  • 11BradaricBooked at 45mins
  • 8Moro
  • 3BabecSubstituted forZaperat 64′minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 21SpikicBooked at 62minsSubstituted forColinaat 64′minutes
  • 17BistrovicSubstituted forMajerat 76′minutes
  • 7IvanusecBooked at 11mins
  • 14VizingerSubstituted forDivkovicat 86′minutes


  • 1Semper
  • 4Colina
  • 5Erlic
  • 6Nejasmic
  • 9Kulenovic
  • 10Majer
  • 13Zaper
  • 15Krizmanic
  • 18Divkovic
  • 19Vuk
  • 20Musa
  • 23Nevistic

England U21

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Ramsdale
  • 2Aarons
  • 15TangangaBooked at 85mins
  • 12Wilmot
  • 3KellyBooked at 45mins
  • 8GallagherSubstituted forCantwellat 72′minutes
  • 16SkippBooked at 90mins
  • 17JonesBooked at 90mins
  • 20Eze
  • 21McNeilSubstituted forS Sessegnonat 89′minutes
  • 9NketiahSubstituted forBrewsterat 71′minutes


  • 7Cantwell
  • 11R Sessegnon
  • 13Bursik
  • 14S Sessegnon
  • 19Brewster
  • 22Griffiths
  • 23Madueke

Harm Osmers

Match Stats

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Croatia U21 1, England U21 2.

  2. Second yellow card to Curtis Jones (England U21).

  3. Second Half ends, Croatia U21 1, England U21 2.

  4. Attempt missed. Japhet Tanganga (England U21) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Oliver Skipp.

  5. Foul by Lovro Majer (Croatia U21).

  6. Eberechi Eze (England U21) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Goal! Croatia U21 1, England U21 2. Domagoj Bradaric (Croatia U21) left footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Lovro Majer.

  8. Oliver Skipp (England U21) is shown the yellow card.

  9. Lovro Majer (Croatia U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Foul by Todd Cantwell (England U21).

  11. Substitution, England U21. Steven Sessegnon replaces Dwight McNeil.

  12. Mihael Zaper (Croatia U21) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Foul by Mihael Zaper (Croatia U21).

  14. Todd Cantwell (England U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Foul by Petar Musa (Croatia U21).

  16. Ben Wilmot (England U21) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Substitution, Croatia U21. Petar Musa replaces Marin Sverko.

  18. Substitution, Croatia U21. Marko Divkovic replaces Dario Vizinger.

  19. Offside, England U21. Japhet Tanganga tries a through ball, but Curtis Jones is caught offside.

  20. Japhet Tanganga (England U21) is shown the yellow card.

Around the BBC - SoundsAround the BBC footer - Sounds

More Stories
Less is more! Human brains struggle to be minimalist, scientists say