Scotland U21 1-3 England U21: Aidy Boothroyd's side to face Mexico in Toulon Tournament final
By Oliver Yew
Last Updated: 06/06/18 11:47pm
England U21s remain on course for a third straight Toulon Tournament success after coming from behind to beat Scotland U21s 3-1 in the semi-final in Aubagne.
Michael Johnston (30) had given Scot Gemmill's side the lead with a brilliant solo effort but two goals in five minutes after the break turned the contest England's way.
Callum Connolly brought England level (45) before Eddie Nketiah's stunning strike (50) completed the turnaround.
The Arsenal striker secured victory with his second of the game in the 69th minute and Aidy Boothroyd's side will now face Mexico, who beat Turkey 3-1 in the other semi-final earlier in the day, in the final on Saturday (kick-off 6.30pm BST).
Meanwhile, Scotland will play Turkey, also on Saturday, in the third-place play-off (kick-off 4pm BST).
Scotland created the game's first real opening as Oliver Burke outmuscled Jake Clarke-Salter to get in on goal. The West Brom star hammered the ball past Freddie Woodman but the ball came crashing back off the near post.
Seven minutes later it was England's turn to hit the woodwork as Nketiah's cross deflected off Jason Kerr and onto the post, but again the ball bounced away to safety.
In what was a tight affair, it took a moment of magic from Johnston to break the deadlock. Picking the ball up just inside the England half, the Celtic star produced a brilliant piece of skill to skip past the challenges of Connolly and Kieran Dowell before bursting past Jonjoe Kenny and firing into the far corner.
The Young Lions, who won the tournament in 2016 and 2017, needed a spark after the break if they were to keep their grip on the Toulon Tournament trophy and they got it through Nketiah.
The 19-year-old picked out the run of Connolly immediately after the re-start and the Everton midfielder had an easy tap in from close range to level the scores.
Five minutes later and the turnaround was complete. Nketiah nutmegged Anthony Raslton before cutting in on his right foot and striking the ball powerfully past Robby McCrorie and into the far corner.
The Arsenal youngster rounded off an impressive second-half performance 11 minutes from time, twisting and turning past Ralston and Ryan Porteous before sealing his side's place in the final with an impressive left-footed finish.
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