For the first time in FIFA’s U-20 World Cup 40-year existence, England was crowned the tournament’s champion.
The Three Lions edged an inspired Venezuela, 1-0, at Suwon World Cup Stadium early Sunday morning. An even bout from the first whistle, Sunday’s match offered a handful of opportunities for both sides. 24 minutes in, Ronaldo Lucena’s direct free kick from 35 yards out was not only inches from putting Venezuela up first, but from possibly being the best of the tournament.
In the 34th minute, England would finally crack the code with Dominic Calvert-Lewin placing a low-driving ball past Wailer Fariñez.
In the second half, Venezuela would come inches from leveling the scoreline. But an impenetrable Freddie Woodman would serve as England’s hero. Woodman’s most important save would come in the 74th minute, denying Alberto Peñaranda’s strike from the penalty spot.
The Three Lions would ride on the early momentum until the final whistle. The lone-goal victory in Suwon, marks England’s first World Cup since 1966.