Andorra Under-21 0-1 England Under-21: Emile Smith Rowe recovers three points for heartbreaking visitors of ten men



it must have been a far cry from the escapades their senior counterparts enjoyed on Saturday night, but England Under-21s escaped the Estadi Nacional with only bruised egos and three more European Championship qualifying points after a meeting more difficult than expected with Andorra.

For a second year in a row, the oldest English team in the age group made it difficult for a seemingly inferior Andorran opponent to work as a well-built and tenacious team with the same hard edges of rock surrounding their Pyrenean home .

It took England 67 minutes to dismantle a well-constructed red wall and only after a rare foray forward from the home side, who fought tenaciously and organization to almost frustrate their more illustrious opponents, who did controversial dismissal of Rhian Brewster.

This was an Andorran side made up mostly of players from the fourth and fifth levels of Spanish football, some of whom are only part-time, in stark contrast to an English side containing many Premier League regulars.

The first half was largely one-way traffic, but without the acceleration that such an arrangement tends to cause. On a choppy surface, England moved the ball efficiently left and right and looked largely composed in possession, but couldn’t break down a well-built red wall.

Indeed, while his vis-à-vis Etienne Green gave himself a real wheelchair ride from his debut, Andorran goalkeeper Ion Rodriguez Gimenez rarely had to get rid of his slippers in the first 45 minutes.

Shortly after half-time, Carsley’s side should have taken the lead. A lovely ball coiled to the far post from James Garner invited Rhian Brewster to put the finishing touches, but the center-forward couldn’t provide enough contact to paint the ball in the corner.

Moments later England was reduced to ten. Brewster had had a rough night in front of goal, but it looked like there was limited foul play on his part as he blindly retreated against an Andorran defender.

Rhian Brewster was kicked out

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Even after the defender’s fall, it was a surprise to see, a given foul; the yellow lightning which belatedly followed the referee’s whistle all the more. An enraged and incredulous Brewster made his frustration clear as he was sent off after his second booking.

Carsley had been on the verge of pulling the striker off in a bid to secure an offensive spark from Folarin Balogun, but was instead forced to make an alike midfielder swap, with Curtis Jones, which the manager had vowed not to risk after a groin injury, introduced in place of Garner.



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