VIDEO: Super Campbell fires England into the last four
Posted by nickogs20 on June 19, 2009
United striker Fraizer Campbell made the vital second-half breakthrough for England U21s as they beat their Spanish counterparts in Gothenburg this evening and secured their place in the semi-finals of the 2009 UEFA U21 European Championships with a game to spare.
Introduced as a substitute for the injured Gabriel Agbonlahor just before the break, Campbell latched onto a through-ball from Aston Villa’s James Milner midway through the second half and composed himself before lashing a left-footed drive past Sergio Asenjo in the Spanish goal.
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Milner, who had earlier seen Vallodolid ‘keeper Asenjo produce a brilliant save from his penalty kick, clinched all three points and a place in the last four for England less than ten minutes later, firing home from Theo Walcott’s pull-back after the Arsenal winger had easily outpaced the Spanish defence.
Campbell’s strike continues an impressive tournament for the apparently Hull-bound forward, after he showed a very different side to his game in the opening win against Finland. With England reduced to ten men after the sending-off of Michael Mancienne, Campbell replaced Walcott at half-time and won praise from manager Stuart Pearce for his hard work leading the line for his depleted side. The Huddersfield-born 21 year-old must now come into contention for a start in the Young Lions’ final group game against Germany, where Pearce may choose to rest some of his starters in preparation for the semi-finals.
United’s only other representative at Euro 2009 is Zoran Tošić, who was Serbia’s most eye-catching player in their opening 0-0 draw with Italy. Serbia take on Belarus later today, and will be big favourites to beat a team who were thrashed 5-1 by Sweden in their first group game. Fans in the UK can watch Zoran and co. continue their bid to join England in the semi-finals on Sky Sports 2, with kick-off at 1715 BST (1815 CET).