Even in extra time, the young English internationals confirmed the title of favorite and won the EURO U19, which was hosted in Slovakia. In the final of the event, which was held in the city of Trnava, the little “three lions” faced Israel, which made a big surprise by eliminating France in the semi-final.
The Israelis took the lead in the 40th minute with Gluck, but Doyle’s goal in the 52nd “sent” the match to extra time, where the English scored with Tsukumeka (108′) and Ramsey (116′), reaching the victory trophy.
The European champions’ coach, Ian Foster, said shortly after the match: “We have to give credit to Israel because in the first half, they were by far the better team. We changed a few things at half-time, and I think in the second 45 minutes, but also in extra time, we were better and in the end, deserved winners. I’m excited for the players. They worked very, very hard. Not just in this game, but in March and November to get us here.”
For his part, Israel’s national coach, Ofir Haim, commented: “We played excellent football, it was amazing. Watching as a coach from the outside, I couldn’t believe that this was my team. We usually play very good football, but today I saw the best football of this team. And I’m very proud.”