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Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Trott & England Under 20 Win Again

Nathan Trott and his England Under 20 teammates dazzling form continued as they picked up a second victory in a week with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Portugal at Manchester City’s Academy Stadium.

It would be Trott’s fourth 90 minute shutout in a row.

Captain Easah Suliman capped off a sterling display for the men in white, scoring England’s only goal in the second half after a sterling opening display.

Keith Downing’s side opened the scoring on 15 minutes when Benfica’s Chris Willock coolly finished from close range.

And the home side doubled their advantage on 41 minutes when Aston Villa striker Keinan Davis picked up his second international goal in a week courtesy of a neatly placed spot-kick.

England made a lively start to the game when on-loan Oxford United forward Isaac Buckley-Ricketts saw his driven strike deflected over the bar on five minutes.

Only moments later, left winger Willock brilliantly crept into the box, before letting off a curling strike that sailed inches over the Portuguese upright.

Willock was eventually rewarded for his endeavors on 15 minutes when the 20-year-old rolled his marker and neatly struck past the diving Fabio Duarte to give the Young Lions a deserved lead.

England continued positively on the front foot and winger Buckley-Ricketts almost added a second when the forward's second effort of the half was guided wide by the Portuguese stopper.

Fresh from his match winning performance against Poland on Thursday, Villa’s Davis again found himself at the center of the action, bursting through the Portuguese backline before being tugged down by Joao Queiros to earn England a penalty five minutes before the break.

The striker dusted himself down and neatly slotted home to pick up a second goal in three matches and hand his side a comfortable lead going into half time.

England started the second half in much the same vein as the first, almost adding to Portugal’s misery when Willock poked Buckley-Ricketts' low cross only inches wide.

The hosts emphatically added a third on 66 minutes when Willock’s guided cross found an unmarked Suliman in the middle to round off a spectacular night for Keith Downing’s side.
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