Holland break England hearts at European U17 Championship with penalty shootout victory

17/05/18 9:30pm

England were beaten by Holland in the semi-finals of the European U17 Championships

It was penalty heartache again for England in the European U17 Championship as Steve Cooper`s side were beaten by Holland in the semi-finals on Thursday night.

The Young Lions lost last year`s final in a shootout and after a goalless draw at Chesterfield`s Proact Stadium, it was disappointment once more.

Holland had six successful attempts before Arsenal`s Folarin Balogun saw his kick saved by Joey Koorevaar.

Holland started brightly and an early corner caused a scramble inside the England penalty area as Luca Ashby-Hammond bravely saved from Ramon Hendriks at point-blank range, taking the full force of the shot in his face.

Ashby-Hammond was called into action again shortly afterwards, pushing away a 25-yard effort from Mohammed Ihattaren before Daishawn Redan missed the target with a header.

England and Holland played out a goalless draw at Chesterfield`s Proact Stadium

England survived and improved as half-time approached, creating good chances of their own.

Bukayo Saka should have done better than send his effort over the crossbar before Faustino Anjorin saw a low shot clip the foot of the far post after a mazy run.

Bobby Duncan went close with a free-kick that went underneath the defensive wall but narrowly wide before Duncan and Arvin Appiah both just failed to connect with Saka`s low cross as they slid in at the far post.

The Young Lions lost last year`s final in a penalty shootout

Ihattaren dragged a shot across the face of goal early in the second half before failing to turn Ryan Gravenberch`s cross on target after 67 minutes.

The same player had a chance right at the end of the match but sent his header wide before Holland prevailed to set up a final showdown with Italy on Sunday.

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