Chelsea striker Dominic Solanke scored as the England U19 side beat their German counterparts 2-3 in Bergisch Gladbach.
The Blues youngster, who has already scored after just two games on loan at Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem, scored the visitors’ second goal just before the hour mark with some instinctive finishing.
Goals from Liverpool winger Sheyi Ojo and Ainsley Maitland-Niles sealed an impressive win for the Young Lions, despite goals from Crawley striker Prince Osei Owusu and Bayer Leverkusen’s Benjamin Henrich.
Manager Aidy Boothroyd can be proud of how his side held on to see out the game after spending the majority of the second half with just 10 men.
Everton right back Jonjoe Kenny denied a certain goal with his hand, and was dismissed as a result.
Solanke started brightly, laying off Ojo in the 11th minute, who raced through the German defence. But, after good work down the left flank, Ojo, who is on loan at Championship side Wolves, saw his effort pushed over the bar.
19-year old Solanke then had a hand in the first goal on 36 minutes, when after showing great strength he laid off Ojo, who made no mistake in putting England ahead.
But, the leaders were soon reduced to 10 men – Mainz 05’s Suat Serdar cut inside and fired past Newcastle goalkeeper Freddie Woodman, but 18-year old Kenny handled on the line and was given his marching orders. Owusu made no mistake in converting the penalty, making it 1-1.
Solanke however showed some brilliant attacking play to restore the lead in the second half. After the German goalkeeper was hesitant in coming to a short backpass, the Chelsea prodigy stole in and tucked the ball into the net.
Arsenal’s Maitland-Niles, currently on loan at Ipswich Town, then hit a wonder strike minutes later from 25 yards into the top corner of the net, making the score 1-3.
Henrich’s long range strike with 12 minutes left pulled one back for the hosts, but Boothroyd’s team survived a nervy last ten minutes to seal the win at the Belkaw Arena.