LAKEWOOD RANCH, Florida (Nov. 30, 2014) – The second day of the 2014 Nike Internationals Friendlies at the Premier Sports Campus began in thrilling fashion with a 2-2 draw between England’s Under-17 Men’s National Team and Brazil’s Under-17 Men’s National Team.
Five minutes into second-half stoppage time, England’s Adam Phillips scored the clutch shorthanded equalizer. Brazil had rallied with back-to-back goals shortly after Trent Arnold was ejected in the 82nd minute.
England opened up the scoring in the first half in the 44th minute when a left-side cross from midfielder Daniel Wright was sent toward Layton N’Dukwu who had the finish on the far post and gave England the 1-0 lead after Brazil controlled much of the opening 45 minutes.
In the second half, the intensity by both teams was turned up a notch and multiple goal-scoring opportunities were present. The clearest chance came in the 54th minute when Brazil’s forward Leandro sent what would have been a sure goal just above the crossbar.
As the minutes continued dwindling down, it looked as if England’s sole goal could potentially hold up for the win. But Arnold’s red card shifted the momentum in Brazil’s favor.
Down a man, England’s attack was shut down and the focus shifted immediately to defense. Brazil wasted no time and on the 84th minute, Lincoln’s pass from Eronildo found the back of the net and brought the South Americans back into the game at 1-1. The goal was Lincoln’s second of the tournament.
Almost immediately, Brazil put the cherry on top in the 87th minute as Evander knocked an incredible shot from 20 yards out and gave Brazil the lead with three minutes left in regulation. Evander’s shot was also his second of the event.
Playing with a deficit for the first time in the game, England moved everybody into the box area hoping to find the goal at least one more time.
The referee added five minutes of stoppage time, and England had multiple scoring chances. In dramatic fashion, Wright took a short corner kick in the 95th minute, passing the ball to an open Phillips who picked it up on the right side of the box and successfully sent it to the far post to give England the draw.
With the result, Brazil moved to 1-0-1 (4 points) and England moved to 1-1-0 (3 points).
- Nike International Friendlies Match Report -
Competition: 2014 Nike International Friendlies
Venue: Premier Sports Campus; Lakewood Ranch, Florida
Kickoff: 3 p.m. ET
Weather: 78 degrees, sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
BRA 0 2 2
ENG 1 1 2
ENG – Layton N’dukwu (Daniel Wright) 44th minute
BRA – Lincoln (Eronildo) 84
BRA – Evander 87
ENG – Adam Phillips (Daniel Wright) 90+5
BRA: 1- Bruno (capt.); 2-Kleber, 14-Thiago, 4-Leo, 6-Caique; 7-Andrey (11-Ramon, 55), 15-Renan, 17-Lincoln, 8-Matheus Pereira; 19-Evander (5-Matheus Fernandes, 90), 10-Leandro (9-Eronildo, 63)
Subs Not Used: 3-Ronaldo, 12-Carlinhos, 13-Alan, 16-Mauro Junior, 18-Jean, 20-Loran
Head coach: Caio Zanardi
ENG: 1-Paul Woolston; 14-Trent Arnold, 16-Easah Suliman (6-Cameron Humphreys Grant, 67), 5-Reece Oxford (capt.), 3-Adetayo Edun (2-James Yates, 46); 20-Daniel Wright,10-Marcus Edwards (19-Jahmal Hector-Ingram, 88), 8-Adam Phillips, 4-Tom Davies (15-Danny Collinge, 46), 17-Ike Ugbo (12-Kyron Stabana, 84), 11-Layton N’dukwu
Subs Not Used: 7-Nathan Holland, 9-Lukas Nmecha, 13-Alfie Whiteman, 18-William Patching
Head Coach: John Peacock
Stats Summary: BRA / ENG
Shots: 20 / 8
Shots on Goal: 9 / 5
Saves: 3 / 7
Corner Kicks: 7 / 4
Fouls: 16 / 16
Offside: 2 / 2
ENG – Tom Davies (caution) 26th minute
ENG – Adetayo Edun (caution) 40
ENG – Reece Oxford (caution) 70
ENG – Trent Arnold (caution) 76
ENG – Trent Arnold (ejection) 82
Referee: Randall Kelley (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Jose J. Da Silva (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: TJ Zablocki (USA)
Fourth Official: Mark Allatin (USA)