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REPORT: Leeds United duo star against Qatar

Leeds United duo Ronaldo Vieira and Tom Pearce impressed for England Under-21s during their 4-0  Toulon Tournament victory over Qatar.

Vieira netted England’s second goal of the match shortly after half time, with Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham, Newcastle United’s Adam Armstrong and an own goal from Ahmed Suhali completing the scoring.

The Whites’ pair were two of four players from the Football League to feature in the match, with Middlesbrough’s Dael Fry starting for England and Leeds’ Hashim Ali coming on as a substitute for Qatar.

Whites midfielder Pearce was heavily involved as England took the lead before half time; his corner found the head of Manchester City winger Lukas Nmecha, whose header was turned goal-bound via opposition defender Suhali.

Vieira doubled Aidy Boothroyd’s side’s lead shortly after half time with a thunderous dipping volley from distance leaving Qatar ‘keeper Shehad Ellethy stranded.

After going close on several occasions before interval,  Abraham got his goal moments later by turning in Armstrong’s cross.

Newcastle striker Armstrong then turned from provider to goalscorer to get England’s fourth by firing home a loose ball after Abraham was dispossessed in the area.

Fry came close to sealing qualification into Wednesday’s semi-finals in injury time, but the Boro defender’s looping header from a set-piece forced a superb save out of Ellethy.

Boothroyd’s side have finished their Group A campaign in second place, only behind Mexico on goals scored.

England’s progression into the last-four stage is dependent on tomorrow’s results in Group B. If either Scotland or Togo fail to win their respective matches against South Korea and France by four or more goals, then England will compete in the semi-finals as the best second-placed side.


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