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Portugal defeated Russia 1-0. The Daily Mail:” It is when another piece of silverware beckons that we see Cristiano Ronaldo in the raw, free of the machinations and the politics.

This was his 53rd game of the season and it was still his own show, as he danced around the wooden defence of the host nation, instructing his team-mates where to stand and where to run, having given Portugal a lead which they never looked like relinquishing.

The goal, eight minutes in, revealed which of these nations looks like a World Cup commodity on current standing.

The defender Raphael Guerreiro arced a cross from the left, the trajectory of which left Fedor Kudryashov struggling desperately. Ronaldo just waited patiently behind him, leaping just enough to dispatch a header past Igor Akinfeev.

He wasn’t finished by a long way. The game was half an hour old when the 32-year-old’s dancing feet were doing for Viktor Vasin, who was sent this way and that by his feints.

The shot Ronaldo then dispatched was blocked by the left shin of Igor Akinfeev. Russia have a goalkeeper of quality, at least.

It wasn’t a one-man show from the European Champions. Manchester City’s summer acquisition Bernardo Silva impressed with his quick feet and eye for space in narrow pockets, allowing Cedric Soares to attack the flanks outside him.

But there is something supremely transfixing about Ronaldo in the arena such as this – the grimaces, closed eyes and searches for the camera.

They telegraphed every hope and frustration of a game which most players who began this season on September 10 could hardly be bothered with.

He could have doubled the advantage just beyond the hour, leaping for a header which was within his ambit but screwing it wide of Akinfeev’s right post.

The goalkeeper had already saved the nation’s fragile hold on the game by then – leaping to claw away Andre Silva’s header after Porto midfielder had leapt above Georgy Dzhikya.

The host nation’s defence certainly looked vulnerable – worrying for a side which has been asked by President Vladimir Putin to make the Russian nation proud.

There were muffled boos from the Russian support when the goal went in, though the support seized on every source of hope in the second half with the terrace-to-terrace counter chanting which is popular in this country.

There was talk before this tournament of coach Stanislav Cherchesov building a new, young Russia out of domestically-based players but there was age in a team that laboured.

The left-sided 21-year-old Aleksandr Golovin offered flashes of the talent which makes him the great Russian hope for 2018 but otherwise Cherchesov was banking on 30-year-old Denis Glushakov, 33-year-old Yuri Zhirkov and 32-year-old Aleksandr Samedov.

Cherchesov would have been helped if his striker Fedor Smolov, Russia’s main asset against a weak New Zealand in the tournament’s opening fixture, could have delivered. But his sidefooted effort wide just before half time and bad miss from a Samedov cross the other side of half-time.

The Russians began to make some more inroads in the last 20 minutes but barely troubled Rui Patricio. Dhikya headed over form a corner at the death.

Their tournament is not over, though Mexico in their last group game will be tricky. It is Portugal and Chile are the teams who look most intent on winning this competition – with the South Americans having brought 2,000 supporters with them.

Twelve months on from his European Championship success, Ronaldo plainly has his eyes on the right to call himself one of the world’s team of continental champions.

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Germany got by Australia 3-2 in the Confederations Cup. The Daily Mail:” Germany’s inexperienced side was given a fright by Australia at the Confederations Cup on Monday, holding on to win its Group B opener 3-2 after goalkeeper Bernd Leno gifted the Asian champions both goals.

Only two members of Germany’s 2014 World Cup-winning squad started the game in Sochi and, while the team was dynamic going forward, it was vulnerable at the back.

Lars Stindl marked his tournament debut with a goal after five minutes that was canceled out by Tommy Rogic when the Australia forward put the ball under Leno.

Julian Draxler, an unused substitute in the 2014 World Cup final win over Argentina, restored Germany’s lead from the penalty spot before halftime.

Although Leon Goretzka extended the German lead three minutes into the second half, another blunder by Leno ensured it was a nervy conclusion to the game in the Black Sea resort. A shot from Rogic through a crowded penalty area was spilled by the Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper and Tomi Juric stabbed the rebound into the net.

The Australian threat persisted but Germany clung on to collect three points in the Fisht Stadium, where around 20,000 seats were empty.

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Chile defeated Cameroon 2-0 in Confederations Cup action. The Daily Mail: “Chile endured a largely frustrating opening to their Confederations Cup campaign before finally breaking through in the final ten minutes to beat Cameroon.

The CONMEBOL champions thought they had taken the lead just before half time against the African Cup of Nations winners when Eduardo Vargas tucked home, but it was ruled offside via the VAR system.

However Arturo Vidal in the 80th minute rose to head home from six yards following a cross by Alexis Sanchez, who was introduced as a second half substitute. Chile doubled their advantage in stoppage time when Vargas finally go on the scoresheet – although it was only given after another VAR referral.

Chile were on top from the start, with former QPR player Vargas hitting the post after just 50 seconds.

However they were made to toil for long periods by determined Cameroon, unexpected participants in this tournament after surprisingly winning January’s Africa Cup of Nations.

They thought they were in front when Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui beat Chile keeper Johnny Herrera to a free kick and headed in.

However the goal was ruled out for an earlier foul and the Africans never came as close again.

Just before half time, came the first moment of real controversy. Vargas was set free by a defence-splitting pass and chipped the ball into the net.

As the Chile players piled together in a mass celebration, the decision was referred to the Video Assistant Referee (VAR), which saw that Vargas was millimetres offside.

The goal was ruled out, much to the fury of the Chileans and especially Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal who harangued the officials down the tunnel as half time came.

Chile have come into this tournament as one of the favourites after winning the Copa America and bringing a strong squad to Russia, but for long periods looked to be struggling under the tag.

They were without Sanchez – as talismanic for his country as he is for Arsenal – after an ankle sprain in training saw him start on the bench.

He was introduced in the 58th minute, but for his first 20 minutes made little impact on the game as a goalless draw looked likely.

However Sanchez’s innate quality is obvious, and with 10 minutes to go he linked up with Bayern Munich midfielder Vidal – a combination Gunners fans will be praying we do not see more of next season.

Sanchez chipped in a cross from the left to the far post, directly onto Vidal’s well-sculpted hair, and he headed home from six yards.

Chile got a second in stoppage time, Sanchez breaking clear and looking set to get his name on the score sheet, only to do too much and get crowded out. The ball broke fortunately for Vargas, who slammed home, but the goal was initially ruled out for offside. VAR intervened again and this time in favour of Chile, showing there were two Cameroon defenders between Vargas and the goal line.

He celebrated with his bench, knowing three points is crucial if Chile are to finish above world champions Germany – who they play next in Kazan – in Group B.

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The Federations Cup is underway. Mexico scored a late goal to tie Portugal two all. The Daily Mail:” Hector Moreno rescued a Confederations Cup point for Mexico with a stoppage-time header against Portugal.

It had seemed as though Cedric had handed all three points to the European champions when he fired Portugal in front in the 85th minute but Mexico and Moreno had other ideas.

Earlier, Javier Hernandez stooped low to nod home with four minutes of the first half remaining to cancel out Ricardo Quaresma’s opener.

An entertaining encounter also saw an adjudication from the Video Assistant Referee (VAR), who chalked off a Pepe goal for offside.

The game began with controversy, the video-assistant referee again playing its part in creating a storm.

Portugal’s advance in the early stages was soon rewarded by Pepe latching onto a long distance effort from winger Nani, only to be retrospectively ruled offside.

Undeterred, Portugal officially opened the scoring just after the half-hour mark via a move which started with mercurial forward Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo burst forward, putting the Mexico defence on the back foot, before tracking back and picking out partner in crime Ricardo Quaresma with a deft through-ball in the area.

Dropping his shoulder to send goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa to ground, Quaresma rounded the stopper and slotted the ball into an empty Mexico goal.

The Portuguese looked set to comfortably enter the half-time interval with the lead, but for a late lapse in concentration.

A deep cross was able to find former Arsenal forward Carlos Vela after lax defending from Raphael Guerreiro.

Vela pinged the ball back across goal to capitalise upon the poaching abilities of Mexico’s all-time leading goalscorer Javier Hernandez.

Evoking memories of his time with Manchester United, Hernandez flung himself at the ball, connecting with a diving header and powering an effort firmly into the bottom corner of the goal.

It took until the 85th minute for the next goal of the game, when Cedric found space in the box and fired a shot beyond three diving defenders and Mexico goalkeeper Ochoa, but Moreno still had time to rise highest and meet a left-wing corner, nodding home off the inside of a post to ensure a share of the spoils.

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Flamengo and Fluminense tied two all. Globo Esportes:” Com um gol de Trauco aos 49 minutos do segundo tempo, o Flamengo empatou por 2 a 2 com o Flamengo, neste domingo, no Maracanã, e deixou os tricolores com um gosto amargo depois de estar à frente do placar por duas vezes. O resultado deixa o Flu na nona posição com 11 pontos. Se vencesse, entraria na zona de classificação da Libertadores. O Fla está uma posição atrás, em 10°, também com 11 pontos. Wendel, Dourado, Diego e Traucos fizeram os gols da partida.

Na próxima quarta-feira, às 21h45, o Fluminense vai até a Ressacada, em Florianópolis, para enfrentar o Avaí. Na quinta-feira, às 21h, o Flamengo recebe a Chapecoense na Ilha do Urubu.

O Flamengo teve mais a iniciativa das ações e encontrava espaço, especialmente pelo lado direito da defesa do Flu, para criar as jogadas. Mas faltava o último passe. Vinícius Junior e Marcio Araújo tentaram, mas não finalizaram bem. A aposta tricolor era os contra-ataques em velocidade, e Wendel desde o início se apresentou como que mais ameaçava o Fla. Na primeira chance que teve, o volante aproveitou uma saída de bola errada do adversário, tabelou com Scarpa e chutou, mas Thiago fez boa defesa. Na segunda oportunidade dele não perdoou. Aos 36 minutos, a zaga do Fla parou, Scarpa deu ótimo passe e Wendel, de cara para o gol, pegou o próprio rebote de uma finalização na trave e mandou para a rede: 1 a 0.

Com Guerrero bem marcado e nervoso – fez seis faltas na primeira etapa -, o Fla tinha dificuldades para criar chances claras. Os rubro-negros reclamaram muito em um lance que Rodinei entrou na área e teve o braço puxado por Scarpa, mas o árbitro mandou o lance seguir.

O Fla voltou do vestiário com Berrío e Arão nos lugares de Vinicius Junior e Marcio Araújo, uma formação mais ofensiva. A pressão surtiu efeito, e aos nove minutos o Rubro-Negro empatou. Após lance confuso na área, Everton chutou, a bola voltou para Guerrero, que também finalizou. No rebote, Diego chutou rasteiro e marcou: 1 a 1. Os tricolores reclamaram que Everton estava impedido no momento do primeiro chute.

Os rubro-negros se animaram e não baixaram o ritmo. Everton pegou um rebote de Julio Cesar e, sem goleiro, mas também sem ângulo, não conseguiu fazer o gol. Berrío em linda jogada individual ficou de cara com o goleiro tricolor, mas perdeu a oportunidade clara. O Flu manteve a estratégia de explorar os contra-ataques e se deu bem mais uma vez a partir de um lançamento de Scarpa. Richarlison recebeu na frente e foi derrubado por Juan dentro da área. Henrique Dourado cobrou no canto direito do goleiro Thiago e colocou o time novamente à frente no placar: 2 a 1. Foi o oitavo do artilheiro isolado do Brasileiro.

O Fla fez nova pressão nos minutos finais, já com Conca em campo, e conseguiu impedir a derrota aos 49 minutos do segundo tempo. Trauco mandou uma bomba no canto esquerdo do goleiro Julio Cesar e decretou o empate no Fla-Flu: 2 a 2.

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Flamengo finally stopped the bleeding with a 2-0 win over Ponte Preta. Globo Esportes O Campeonato Brasileiro tem uma peculiaridade. As atenções se dividem entre o time de hoje e o que está por vir. Há sempre um reforço por estrear. No imaginário do torcedor, há sempre um time que ainda não existe, mas que pode vir a ser melhor do que aquele que se vê em campo. O Flamengo tem suas apostas: Conca estreou nesta quarta-feira, ainda há Éverton Ribeiro e Rhodolfo. Só que, mais do que reforços, o rubro-negro tinha um estádio por estrear. E ter casa sempre ajuda.

Optou por uma no estilo alçapão, o que acredita-se ter lá a sua serventia. Na Ilha do Urubu, venceu a Ponte Preta por 2 a 0 e resolveu a maior das urgências do momento: ganhar, ainda mais no jogo em que punha a prova sua solução para encerrar a recente sina de time itinerante. Mas também ficou claro ser necessário algo além do alçapão. Para ser consistente, a qualidade de jogo do Flamengo ainda precisa melhorar. Talvez o alívio da vitória crie as condições para o próximo passo.

Sob o ponto de vista das chances concedidas a um rival tímido, devotado à defesa e a esporádicos avanços, o Flamengo fez uma partida segura. Na construção de jogadas, houve longos momentos de pouca imaginação.

Enquanto Vinícius Júnior fez a diferença, o que se sentiu notadamente nos 20 minutos iniciais, o futebol do Flamengo teve algo distinto em relação aos últimos jogos. Depois, tornou-se previsível, com um domínio da bola que, invariavelmente, acabava num cruzamento feito da intermediária, facilitando a defesa.

Sobre Vinícius Júnior, talvez o jogo indique que o déficit que hoje o separa dos jogadores já mais “adultos” seja físico. Porque a forma como deslizou pelo campo no início do jogo chamou atenção. Iluminou o jogo do Flamengo, por vezes na lateral da área, por vezes mais pelo centro, abrindo a defesa da Ponte Preta. Em três cruzamentos dele, originados de lances de virtude individual do jovem, Leandro Damião teve ótimas chances. No último, Aranha evitou o gol.

Aos poucos, o passar dos minutos fez Vinícius perder precisão na execução das jogadas e deixar de levar vantagem no drible. Como se tivesse perdido o frescor do início do jogo. Com a inspiração de sua promessa, foi-se também a inventividade do Flamengo.

Houve momentos em que a Ponte Prata passou a ter a bola e enervar o rubro-negro. A saída de bola com Cuéllar no lugar de Willian Arão não criou mecanismos de fazer o time chegar com qualidade à frente. Márcio Araújo andou assumindo funções mais ofensivas, sem sucesso. Diego chegou a recuar para iniciar os lances, afastando-se da zona ofensiva. A solução só viria num córner, nos acréscimos da primeira etapa, quando Réver cabeceou para a rede.

O gol foi um achado porque clareou o segundo tempo, oferecendo espaços. O Flamengo não chegou a ser uma avalanche de contragolpes, mas como marcava bem e anulava a Ponte Preta, jamais indicou ter a vitória em risco. E ainda permitiu o primeiro passe para gol de Vinícius Júnior, aos 14 minutos. Após uma bola longa que Damião ganhou pelo alto, o menino cruzou na cabeça do centroavante, que fez o 2 a 0.

Alívio na Ilha do Urubu, o que permitiu a Zé Ricardo até dar minutos a Conca: os primeiros 11 minutos do argentino. Não era o Conca habitual, nem poderia. O quanto vai progredir, o futuro dirá. O que será o Flamengo na Ilha, o Flamengo de Éverton Ribeiro, o futuro também dirá. No futebol brasileiro, o futuro é cheio de interrogações.

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The quarterfinals of the Copa do Brasil are set. Globo Esportes;” Sorteio realizado nesta segunda-feira, na sede da CBF, decidiu os confrontos das quartas de final da Copa do Brasil, que acontece entre 28 de junho e 27 de julho. Flamengo e Botafogo, os cariocas remanescentes na competição, enfrentam Santos e Atlético-MG, respectivamente.

Os outros dois confrontos sorteados nas quartas de final foram Palmeiras x Cruzeiro e Atlético-PR x Grêmio. A ordem dos mandos de campo foi sorteada mais tarde, ao meio-dia desta segunda-feira.

O Flamengo fará o primeiro jogo contra o Santos em casa, e decidirá o mata-mata longe do Rio. Já o Botafogo viaja a Belo Horizonte para o primeiro jogo contra o Atlético-MG e faz a segunda partida no Rio.

Entre os participantes da Copa do Brasil, somente Cruzeiro e Flamengo não terão simultaneamente a disputa das oitavas de final da Taça Libertadores. O time mineiro não se classificou para a competição neste ano, enquanto o rubro-negro carioca foi eliminado na fase de grupos. As oitavas da Libertadores acontecem entre 4 de julho e 10 de agosto.

Veja os confrontos das quartas de final da Copa do Brasil:

*decidem em casa

– Atlético-MG x Botafogo*

– Atlético-PR* x Grêmio

– Flamengo x Santos*

– Palmeiras x Cruzeiro*

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Flamengo and Avia tied one all. Boo-Menago is really stinking the joint out. Globo Esportes: “Nem Conca, nem Vinícius Júnior, nem Marquinhos, nem Romulo. Quem se tornou o protagonista do empate entre Avaí e Flamengo em 1 a 1, em Florianópolis, foi o árbitro Paulo Vollkopf. No fim da partida, ele voltou atrás após marcar um pênalti para o time da casa e anulou o lance, o que gerou muita reclamação. A polêmica jogada ofuscou um duelo sem brilho técnico, que teve seu ápice nos gols de Romulo e Leandro Damião – este de bicicleta.

O lance aconteceu aos 34 minutos do segundo tempo. Em contra-ataque do Avaí, Diego Tavares invadiu a área, se enroscou com Everton e caiu. Vollkopf marcou, mas os jogadores do Flamengo reclamaram muito com ele e os auxiliares. Após dois minutos e 20 segundos de paralisação, o árbitro voltou atrás. A revolta foi do lado do Avaí – Marquinhos, já substituído, foi expulsão por reclamação. Segundo o comentarista de arbitragem Paulo César de Oliveira, não houve falta na jogada.

Antes da polêmica, o jogo não empolgou. A entrada de Vinícius surtiu pouco efeito no Flamengo. Além de o garoto ter sentido a exigência física da partida, não teve ajuda. Apesar da proposta de manter a posse de bola, o Rubro-Negro errou passes demais e esteve confuso no ataque.

O Avaí, depois de começar mais cauteloso, percebeu as limitações do adversário e se soltou no fim do primeiro tempo, mas pouco ameaçou o gol de Thiago – Juan e Capa finalizaram de longe, mas sem direção.

O Flamengo voltou para o segundo tempo com Mancuello no lugar de Willian Arão e até deu sinais de que melhoraria – Vinícius assustou em chute logo no primeiro minuto. Porém, a lentidão e falta de criatividade continuaram, e, mesmo com maior posse de bola, os cariocas não ameaçaram.

Atento, o Avaí aproveitou. Aos 10 minutos, em rápido contra-ataque, Willians lançou Romulo, que saiu na cara de Thiago e tocou com categoria para abrir o placar. A reação rubro-negra veio cinco minutos, quando Leandro Damião pegou sobra na área e, numa bela bicicleta, empatou. Depois disso, o jogo voltou ao normal, com muitos erros, até a polêmica do pênalti.

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Brasil blew away Australia 4-0. Globo Esportes:” Vocês não sabem como é bom estar aqui.

Essa foi a frase de David Luiz na oração dos jogadores, antes de vencerem a Austrália por 4 a 0, e citada por Tite em sua entrevista coletiva depois da partida. De volta à Seleção após mais de um ano, convocado pela primeira vez pelo atual técnico, o zagueiro do Chelsea atuou como volante, como era previsto, e quase fez um gol. Foi dele a cabeçada no travessão que terminou em assistência de Rodrigo Caio para o gol de Thiago Silva, no segundo tempo.

Com o carisma habitual, David Luiz foi um dos mais assediados pelo público durante os 10 dias na cidade de Melbourne. Segundo ele, a frase mencionada por Tite foi dita justamente por ter ficado fora do grupo nos últimos tempos.

– Eu conheço os dois lados, e amo representar meu país, estar nesse ambiente. Eu abri meu coração na hora da oração, falei para aqueles que têm oportunidade de estar aqui. São oportunidades de vida, não sabemos o dia de amanhã, então temos que aproveitar da melhor maneira possível. Veio do meu coração e é verdade, é muito bom estar aqui – afirmou.

A tarefa de David Luiz para se manter nas próximas listas é árdua. Como na visão de Tite, para que ele execute uma função mais próxima da que tem atualmente no Chelsea, a posição mais adequada é a de volante, seus concorrentes são dois jogadores adorados pelo treinador: Casemiro e Fernandinho.

Tite compara disputa por vaga a poupança e faz elogios a Luan, do Grêmio

Experiente, David Luiz não quer pensar nisso agora. A próxima convocação será apenas em agosto, para os jogos contra Equador e Colômbia, pelas eliminatórias. Até lá, ele curte o retorno.

– É muito bom estar de volta, participar de um grupo que exala verdade. É gratificante. Depois de uma derrota em que jogamos bem, tivemos oportunidades para empatar e até ganhar, fizemos um jogo consistente contra a Austrália, um time muito qualificado, que pressionava bem, muito bem orientado taticamente, que não se abalou mesmo sofrendo um gol aos 12 segundos. Soubemos controlar e ganhar o jogo – valorizou David Luiz.

De férias após ser campeão inglês pelo Chelsea, o jogador aguarda a próxima lista da Seleção para tentar se manter no grupo até a Copa do Mundo. O Brasil volta a campo nos dias 31 de agosto e 5 de setembro, contra Equador, em Porto Alegre, e Colômbia, em Barranquilla, pelas eliminatórias.”

The Daily Mail wrote:” Diego Souza scored after 11 seconds and again in the last minute as Brazil beat Confederations Cup-bound Australia 4-0 in an international friendly on Tuesday.

The Brazilians swooped quickly in front of almost 49,000 fans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground when Australia defender Bailey Wright gave the ball away to Giuliano, who provided the space for Souza to fire a right-footed shot in off goalkeeper Mitch Langerak.

The score remained 1-0 until the hour mark but the Brazilians stepped up a level, adding three goals in the last 30 minutes.

Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho delivered a pinpoint corner kick from the right in the 62nd minute and unmarked David Luiz’s powerful header crashed into the crossbar. The Brazilians had numbers at the back post and Thiago Silva nodded in a header to make it 2-0.

Willian added plenty of energy to the attack when he came on as a replacement and was heavily involved in a passing exchange before Paulinho’s back-heel set up substitute Taison for his first international goal.

Souza finished it off with a comfortable header from Willian’s corner deep in stoppage time.

The Brazilians had a 1-0 loss to Argentina in a friendly in Melbourne last Friday, coach Tite’s first defeat since taking charge of the national team.

Souza was one of eight changes in the starting line-up and was playing in place of Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus, who fractured his eye socket late in the match against Argentina.

The Australians were coming off a 3-2 win over Saudi Arabia in a World Cup qualifier last week and were missing captain Mile Jedinak, who was ruled out of the friendly and the Confederations Cup because of a groin injury. The Socceroos leave for Russia on Wednesday.

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England wins the Under Twenty World Cup. The Guardians Ben Fisher:’ England Under-20s entered the history books after beating Venezuela in a frenetic World Cup final in South Korea to ensure the nation became world champions for the first time since 1966.

Lewis Cook held the trophy aloft after becoming the first England captain to lead his country to victory in a major global final since Sir Bobby Moore. A white sea of confetti slowly filled the pitch, with each England player taking hold of the trophy on the stage swiftly erected in Suwon to kick-start the celebrations.

Fikayo Tomori, the Chelsea defender, sang “championes, championes” with his winners’ medal swaying from side to side. For Joshua Onomah and Ainsley Maitland-Niles, England banners doubled up as celebratory bandanas. More than 5,600 miles away Gareth Southgate, Adam Lallana and the rest of the senior squad huddled around a laptop at their France training base – before Tuesday’s friendly in Paris – to witness the next generation write history.

Southgate will speak to Paul Simpson, the under-20s manager, after the win and has kept regular dialogue during the tournament. The squad also received a pre-match good luck letter from the Duke of Cambridge.

Freddie Woodman was ultimately the hero after making a superb 74th-minute penalty save to deny Adalberto Peñaranda. Woodman, the son of former Northampton Town goalkeeper Andy and godson of Southgate, made a steely left-handed save from the spot-kick after Dominic Calvert-Lewin had given England a first-half lead.

Simpson, the former Shrewsbury Town manager, had urged his players to seize the opportunity and attain “legendary status” and with this victory in Suwon his class of 2017 did not disappoint. Calvert-Lewin began this season as a second-half substitute for Sheffield United in a 2-1 domestic cup competition defeat by Crewe Alexandra but finished it as only the third England player to score in a World Cup final. Calvert-Lewin, who joined Everton last summer, scored what proved to be the winning goal before Woodman’s second-half heroics.

These are exciting times for England and particularly for this group. Six of this side won the Under-17s European Championship in 2014 and the attacking trio from Everton and Liverpool – Ademola Lookman, Dominic Solanke and Calvert-Lewin – had an excellent tournament. Solanke was presented with the golden boot and Woodman with the golden glove. Each player, though, proved more than their worth over a campaign that began when Simpson’s squad convened at St George’s Park on 8 May. Perhaps these are some of the fruits of the FA’s purpose-built 330-acre site at Burton-on-Trent.

Simpson tweaked his lineup from the one that prevailed against Italy in the semi-finals, with Tottenham’s Onomah returning from suspension to replace Arsenal’s Maitland-Niles. Onomah strutted around the England midfield with a classy authority and rattled the woodwork with a thunderous second-half effort that pinballed from the underside of the bar and the goalline before Venezuela cleared.

England played positive, attacking football and Solanke, who will formally join Liverpool from Chelsea next month,squandered a couple of early chances, scuffing his shot inside the box and skewing wide from distance with another. He then turned provider, laying off to Lookman, who held off a challenge before forcing Wuilker Faríñez, the Venezuela goalkeeper, into a two-handed save after 22 minutes.

Venezuela did not shrink into their shells, however, and Ronaldo Lucena’s ambitious free-kick from 40 yards out exemplified the confidence flowing through Rafael Dudamel’s side, who beat Germany and Uruguay en route to the final. Woodman was beaten but Lucena’s swerving, dipping effort crashed into his right post.

Dudamel’s involvement is a compliment to the country’s next generation, given he is also the coach of Venezuela’s senior team, who already have eyes on the 2022 World Cup after a disastrous qualifying campaign for Russia 2018.

England kept knocking at the door, though, with Calvert-Lewin sending a tame header at goal before Cook, the Bournemouth midfielder, supplied the striker with a lofted pass. It was a goal that showcased all of the 20-year-old’s qualities as he outjumped Nahuel Ferraresi to win the header and shot at Faríñez with his right foot before slotting home the rebound with his left. Shortly after that Lookman supplied Calvert-Lewin with another chance but Faríñez did well to quickly stifle the onrushing striker.

Venezuela never relented and Peñaranda sent a curling 25-yard free-kick agonisingly close but the Watford midfielder, with unmissable bleach-blond hair, saw his effort fly just wide of Woodman’s goal. After the half-time interval, the South American side went on the offensive. The substitute Yeferson Soteldo slid through a perfectly weighted ball for Sergio Córdova but with only the goalkeeper to beat, Woodman smothered with his legs. Then Yangel Herrera, who joined Manchester City in January – unmarked from a corner – headed downward only for Woodman to again claim the ball.

Venezuela, who introduced the exciting 17-year-old Samuel Sosa late on, pressed forward and eventually carved out a golden opportunity to level. Jake Clarke-Salter, the Chelsea defender, upended Peñaranda inside the box and after consulting the threesome of video officials inside the Suwon World Cup stadium, the referee, Bjorn Kuipers, pointed to the spot. Woodman denied Peñaranda from 12 yards, with the England goalkeeper, who dived low to his right, making a strong left-handed save to claw the ball away from danger. And just like that, after this courageous, fearless display, an arduous 51-year wait is over.