Jordan Pickford saved a late penalty as England U21s started their Euros campaign with a 0-0 draw against Sweden in Kielce.
After a first half lacking in chances, Sweden hit the bar through Pawel Cibicki’s fine effort from 18 yards, before Ben Chilwell’s deflected pot-shot at the other end looped onto the woodwork.
James Ward-Prowse forced Sweden goalkeeper Anton Cajtoft into a good save from a free-kick on the edge of the box, before Chilwell was penalised for sliding in on Linus Wahlqvist (81) on the corner of the penalty box. Wahlqvist stepped up, but Pickford beat away the defender’s poor spot kick.
The draw didn’t help either side, with only the group winners and the best-performing second-place side reaching the semi-finals in Poland.
England’s best chance of the first half fell to Tammy Abraham just before the break, but the striker’s acrobatic effort with his back to goal from eight yards out went over the bar.
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