Romania punished a sloppy England performance with a stunning burst of late goals to seal their place in the semi-finals, whilst Aidy Boothroyd’s men are all but eliminated from the competition. 

A boisterous atmosphere in Cesena made for an enthralling first-half of football, but despite having the lions share of possession England struggled to carve out many clear cut opportunities and it was instead Romania who came closest to opening the scoring. Andrei Ivan struck the post in the opening minutes before Dennis Man’s effort was correctly ruled out for offside, as Romania thrived on the counter-attack. 

England came out with more verve and vigour in the second-half, rising to the occasion and creating chances to spark hope of a revival, but it would once again be individual errors that cost Aidy Boothroyd’s men the three points they so desperately needed. 

An extraordinary final fifteen minutes produced six goals in total, and it could well have been more. Jonjoe Kenny’s lazy tackle handed George Puscas the chance to open the scoring from the penalty spot, which he did so with consummate ease. Demari Gary, who had looked dangerous all game, then dragged England level minutes after Puscas’ opener, curling past Ionut Radu in the Romanian net before Ianis Hagi pounced on a mistake by Fikayo Tomori to restore Romania’s lead. Tammy Abraham fired England back to within touching distance of victory, but a late double from Florinel Coman has now virtually resigned England to an early exit.