Redmond fires England to vital win

By SFC Media Mon 19 Jun International
Photo by Getty Images | Nathan Redmond

Southampton duo Nathan Redmond and James Ward-Prowse combined for the decisive goal, as England secured a vital 2-1 win over Slovakia at the Under-21 European Championship finals.

Redmond ran onto a stunning cross-field pass from Young Lions captain Ward-Prowse in the 61st minute, before cutting past a defender and rifling a shot into the far top corner.

It was a crucial goal that gave England the three points they need after their 0-0 draw with Sweden in their opening group match last week.

For some time, though, it appeared as if Aidy Boothroyd's team could be heading for a disastrous result, as Martin Chrien struck midway through the first half to give Slovakia the lead.

But Swansea's Alfie Mawson poked home an equaliser five minutes after the interval, before Ward-Prowse and Redmond made their pivotal contribution.

The comeback victory at least momentarily moves England to the top of the Group A standings, ahead of their final match of the group stage, against hosts Poland, on Thursday, when they will look to seal a semi-final spot.

Fellow Saints players Jack Stephens and Matt Targett were both unused substitutes for the game.

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