SUWON, South Korea – Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored and Freddie Woodman saved a penalty as England beat Venezuela 1-0 to win their first Under-20 World Cup title and end the nation’s 51-year wait for a global trophy on Sunday.
Everton striker Calvert-Lewin became the third
The Young Lions had to withstand a ferocious second-half onslaught, with goalkeeper Woodman saving a penalty from
Venezuela, who have never qualified for the senior World Cup, were making their first final appearance and took time to settle until Ronaldo Lucena’s stunning free kick hit the post in the 24th minute.
There seemed no danger as he prepared to take a free kick from the edge of the centre circle, but his fierce swerving drive took Woodman by surprise as it smashed into the post from fully 40 metres out.
Calvert-Lewin had already come close with a header when he scored what proved to be the winner in the 35th minute.
The striker rose to beat Nahuel Ferraresi to high ball on the edge of the box and saw his right-foot shot parried by Farinez. He then made no mistake with his left foot from the rebound and slotted home at the near post.
The tiny but lively substitute Yeferson Soteldo, who stands just 5ft 3in (1.60m) tall, energised his side and immediately sent in Sergio Cordova to force a fine save from Woodman one-on-one.
Penaranda got up to take the spot-kick, only to see his weak effort down the middle saved as Woodman flung a hand behind him as he dived to his right, and England held out for their long-awaited World Cup win.