Brazil and Russia will meet in the football final of the CP U19 World Championships on Saturday – with England and Scotland battling it out for the bronze medal.
England were beaten 4-0 by tournament favourites Russia at the last-four stage – Sergei Materukhin scored all 4 goals – while Scotland put up a brave fight in their semi-final against Brazil.
It was clear from the start that the Scottish defence would be busy but were well organised and determined and it wasn’t until the second half that the skillful Brazilians found a way through. Scotland found an immediate reply from Jamie Mitchell to make it 1-1 and it was still that way at the end of normal time.
Their dreams of a place in the final were very much alive at that stage, but sadly for them, it was not to be because Brazil conjured up two more goals in extra time to claim their place in the final.
In the final match of the day, England took on the tournament favourites. In the first half, the England goalkeeper makes several good saves and is very vocal in the game marshalling his defence and the whole team, however Russia’s Sergei Materukhin makes an early impression, scoring the first goal of match. England immediately reply with a cross that nearly goes in over the goalkeeper’s head, but while solid in their passing, couldn’t seem to make a breakthrough.
England start the second half brightly but 3 more goals from Russia sealed their team’s place in the final.
In the day’s other game, Japan took on Australia and although they lost again, they had 3 goals to celebrate and produced a performance to confirm that their young and inexperienced squad gained tremendous value from their involvement in the Championships.
Australia’s hotshot Mathew Hearne was on target four times as they raced into a 5-0 interval lead but Japan had their moments in the second half, scoring three times, as they eventually went down 6-3.
The final and third and fourth play-off match take place at Highfields, the University of Nottingham’s sports facility on Saturday.