INTERNATIONALS: VAN GINKEL SPOT ON BUT YOUNG ENGLAND HELD
Marco van Ginkel converted a first-half penalty which made it two wins out of two for Netherlands Under-21s in their European Championship qualification campaign.
Following on from a 4-0 victory over Scotland on Thursday, it was a surprisingly narrow win for the Dutch away to Luxembourg on today (Monday), but once again Van Ginkel, playing in an attacking midfield role, had a prominent game. Nathan Ake, who had been unused against the Scots, joined his club colleague in playing the whole of this latest game. He played in defence.
Nathaniel Chalobah was again a starter in England Under-21s' Euro Championship qualification match but they could only follow up Thursday's win over Moldova with a draw.
The contest was away to Finland, the second in the qualification campaign, and the home side went ahead in the first half with a free-kick. The England goal, as in the 1-0 home win last week, came from West Brom's Saido Berahino who was making his second appearance at this level.
That equaliser was midway through the second half by which time Chalobah, who was winning his 10th Under-21 cap, had been part of a double substitution by coach Gareth Southgate who was again assisted by Steve Holland.
England were the better side after the interval but had to see out the last 15 minutes with 10 men after their captain, Liverpool's Andre Wisdom, was sent off.
Todd Kane was an unused sub for England, as he was against Moldova.
Thorgan Hazard was in midfield for Belgium Under-21s in 1-0 home win over Northern Ireland in which they also hit woodwork. It maintained their 100 per cent record after three games in the quest to reach the 2015 finals.
On Sunday, midfielder Isak Ssewankambo played for the second time in a double-header of fixtures for Sweden Under-19s against Iraq. Having captained the side in a 1-1 draw in Istanbul on Thursday, he came on as a sub in the 66th minutes of another draw, this time scoreless.Chelsea youth team midfielder Charly Musonda played the whole match as Belgium Under-19s won a friendly tournament by beating Hungary 5-1 in the final. Playing in Serbia, they had previously drawn with the host nation and beaten Ukraine 3-1, Musonda playing 80 minutes of the second match.