England made history in the South Korean city of Suwon as they claimed their first FIFA U-20 World Cup, capping off a scintillating tournament with a 1-0 win over Venezuela in a pulsating final on Sunday.
Both sides did even more to enhance the already exemplary reputations they have built up over the three weeks with an end-to-end encounter, which was decided by a 35th minute Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s first-half strike. But Venezuela can hold their heads high, with both sides in their first final, pushing the Young Lions all the way.
Venezuela’s best chance came in the 74th minute when striker Adalberto Penaranda was fouled by Kyle Walker-Peters in the box, but goalkeeper Freddie Woodman denied Penaranda from the spot to keep England ahead and the Young Three Lions kept their lead intact for the remainder of the game.
England’s winning goalscorer Dominic Calvert-Lewin said, “Words can’t describe right now what I’m feeling, I’m just trying to take it all in. I was knackered from the celebration, but honestly, words can’t describe it all. It means everything. It’s what you dream of as a kid, playing for your country and winning a World Cup.”
Meanwhile Italy bounced back from their semifinal defeat to claim a bronze medal against Uruguay, following a tight encounter typical of the two hard-to-beat sides. La Celeste have been involved in all three of Korea Republic 2017’s penalty shootouts but, for the second time in succession, they fell short.