Aneke scores winner as England restore pride against Portugal

Aneke scores winner as England restore pride against Portugal

England managed to restore pride and team spirit as they got a win in the final game of the FA International Tournament against trophy winners Portugal, Arsenal’s Chuks Aneke scoring the only goal in a 1-0 victory.

England 1 -0 Portugal

John Peacock named a much stronger team for this match, recalling many of the star talents in the England youth set up with the likes of LouisĀ  Laing, Benik Afobe and Bruno Pilatos getting starts. Saido Berahino was rewarded for his two goals in the previous game by earning a start alongside Afobe in attack.

England could have fallen behind very early on in this fixture, Portugal producing an incisive move that ended with Sancadino Silva failing to beat Sam Johnstone one on one after good work by Esgaio bursting from midfield. England responded with a fairly tame effort from Saido Berahino after a brilliant turn just inside the box.

Despite a poor miss earlier on, Sancadino Silva looks like a very talented player on this showing with a mesmerising run and one two leaving him with a striking opportunity inside the area but from a difficult angle he curled just wide.

Manchester United’s Will Keane was next to spurn a chance, just clipping the crossbar with a powerful effort following a good cross and the starlet was in the thick of the action shortly afterwards too as a curled effort just went wide of the far post. Good work from Benik Afobe in the early stages of the second half gave Keane another chance to put England ahead but his side foot finish from the 6 yard box missed the target by inches.

That man Silva then cut inside dangerously before failing to get hold of his strike and Afobe should have scored with a volley from a deep cross but like Silva his connection was poor. Silva should also have converted moments later when he was teed up perfectly for a simple finish but he couldn’t find a way past the defenders on the line to give his country the lead.

The turning point in the game came when Chuks Aneke replaced Berahino and 13 minutes later the strong Arsenal
man produced a fantastic finish from 25 yards to win England the game. Those who bet online and had their money on England were in a celebratory mood.

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