Back-to-back for England ! The Young Three Lions won their second Maurice Revello Tournament in a row against Ivory Coast. Young Three Lions beat Ivorians after a thrilling penalty shootout (1-1, 5-3 pen).
The game was pretty balanced during the first half. Both teams had some opportunites to score. Elephants had two big chances on set-pieces England broke the deadlock by Brooks (ENG/18) at the 14th minute. Then, the English had the opportunity to double their lead. After an interception in the Ivorian side, Brooks (ENG/18) got a penalty but the Hirst's shot was stopped by Dante (CIV/16).
The second half was dominated by Elephants. The African side had the ball possession and a lot of chances, mostly at the end of the game. It was during the additional time that Ivorians finally came back in the game. Loba (CIV/13) scored an important penalty at 81st minute. The winner was finally decided on a penalty shootout. The English players didn't miss anything during the penalty shootout while Amani (CIV/10) missed his shot.
Thanks to this win, England earned their sixth Toulon Tournament title in their history.
England - Ivory Coast: 1-0 (1-0)
Stade de Lattre, Aubagne
Goal : Brooks (14’) / Loba (80+1)
England : Scofield - James, Grant, Worrall (C), Tymon (Tanganga 57’) - Brooks (Ukwakwe 66’), Barnes, Mitchell (Slattery 77’) - Hirst (Ugbo 59’), Vieira, Embleton - Coach: Neil Dewsnip
Ivory Coast : Dante - Zai, Kouyate, Meleke, Diaby (C) - Dakoi, Tiehi, Amani - Krasso (Agnero 57’), Loba, Touré Yaya (Yobouet 40’)- Coach: Soualiho Haidara
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Photo Credits : Magali Ruffato / Eric Estrade