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Abraham scores but England out

28/06/2017

England Under-21s were knocked out of the European Under-21 Championships in a dramatic semi-final, losing to Germany on penalties.

Tammy Abraham scored his first goal of the tournament, starting the match with the other two Chelsea players Lewis Baker and Nathaniel Chalobah.

England started brightly, and Will Hughes almost found Abraham early on, darting into to box and pulling the ball back towards the tall striker, only to see it intercepted by a German foot.

Abraham had a great chance a few minutes later. Captain James Ward-Prowse found the striker in the box with a curling free-kick, but Abraham's header was too close to the German goalkeeper, who palmed it away.

Germany had posed a threat in attack as well, and were the first to score.

Striker Davie Selke was picked out in the area after his slip fooled the English defence, and the Hertha BSC forward headed it home.

England weren't behind for long. Calum Chambers met a corner, but his shot was deflected away from goal. Thankfully, Demarai Gray was on hand to hammer it home.

Abraham put England ahead early in the second-half. Hughes made another darting run into the box, but this time his pull-back found Abraham who poked the ball in from close range.

England's lead was short-lived, however. This time, it was Chelsea's turn to score from a corner, thanks to a powerful front-post header.

The game always looked destined to go to penalties, but England still had to weather some strong Germany attacks to hold on.

Baker took England's first penalty and scored, sending the goalkeeper the wrong way, but Abraham saw his shot saved.

Nathan Redmond took the final penalty, but the Germany goalkeeper made a good save to win their way into the final.

It was a brilliant run for the Young Lions, and although they'll be disappointed, the result bodes well for England fans in the years to come.

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