Chile remain unbeaten at the U20 World Cup after sharing the spoils in a one-all draw with England in their second group game of the tournament. The win puts them in with a good chance of progressing to the next stage of the tournament. Like their first match of the tournament Chile were slow out of the blocks and it was England who had two chances in the first ten minutes to open the scoring. Chile, for their part, were struggling to impose themselves and it wasn’t until the 28th minute that they had their first real scoring opportunity as Angelo Henriquez fired narrowly over the bar after cutting in from the right wing.
Four minutes later Henriquez, who had a poor game in Chile’s opener, was again at the heart of the action as he was brought down by England’s Daniel Potts to earn his side a penalty. Nicolás Castillo duly stepped up to the spot and sent England goalkeeper Samuel Johnstone the wrong way for his second goal of the tournament.
England came out the much stronger team after the half time break and just after the hour mark had an equaliser courtesy of Harry Kane, who fired home after being teed up by Ross Barkly. Both teams had their chances to grab a winner with Chilean goalkeeper Dario Melo denying Alex Pritchard’s close range with a magnificent point blank whilst Bryan Rabello long range effort in the dying moments came crashing back off the crossbar.
Despite the result Chilean coach Mario Salas was positive saying that, “The point is positive because it keeps us undefeated and gets us closer to classification,” before going onto praise goalkeeper Dario Melo by saying, “His performance was remarkable, making a number of crucial saves under enormous pressure from England.”
After the second round of matches in Group E, Chile sit second on the table on four points behind leaders Iraq only on goals scored. The two teams are two points ahead of England and will face each other on Saturday in the last round of matches.
Chile 1-1 England
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