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(LEAD) England edge past Venezuela to win FIFA U-20 World Cup in S. Korea

All Headlines 21:57 June 11, 2017

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SUWON, South Korea, June 11 (Yonhap) -- England won the FIFA U-20 World Cup in South Korea after edging out Venezuela 1-0 in the final on Sunday.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin's first-half strike lifted England to their first U-20 football title in their 11th tournament appearance. It was also England's first title in a FIFA men's competition since their senior team's victory at the 1966 World Cup at home.

England's previous best U-20 World Cup finish was in 1993 when they finished third in Australia.

England's Dominic Calvert-Lewin (L) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against Venezuela in the FIFA U-20 World Cup final at Suwon World Cup Stadium in Suwon, some 45 kilometers south of Seoul, on June 11, 2017. (Yonhap)

The young Three Lions were aggressive from the start at Suwon World Cup Stadium in Suwon, some 45 kilometers south of Seoul, with Dominic Solanke first threatening Venezuela goalkeeper Wuilker Farinez in the 10th minute with his right foot and firing another from distance in the 15th. Ademola Lookman then stung the palms of Farinez in the 22nd with his right foot.

Venezuela, making their first-ever final appearance, almost took the lead in the 24th, but Ronaldo Lucena's free kick from nearly 40 meters hit the post.

Calvert-Lewin saw his header saved by Farinez in the 32nd, but was able to find the back of the net two minutes later. The Everton forward first won the ball against Nahuel Ferraresi in the air, and followed with a right footed shot. After his first attempt was denied, Calvert-Lewin took the rebound and slotted it home with his left foot.

Adalberto Penaranda then stepped up to try to score an equalizer for Venezuela, but his effort in the 39th and curling free kick in the 42nd were off target.

Venezuela tested England goalkeeper Freddie Woodman with Yangel Herrera's header in the 50th. Yeferson Soteldo, who came on for Ronaldo Chacon in the 51st, then set up Sergio Cordova for a one-on-one opportunity in the box, but he too was denied by Woodman. Herrera's header in the 55th also went straight to the Newcastle United goalkeeper.

England almost quashed Venezuela's rally in the 56th, but Josh Onomah's strike from distance rattled the crossbar.

Venezuela in the 73rd got their best chance to level the score when Penaranda was brought down by England defender Jake Clarke-Salter in the box and awarded with a penalty by referee Bjorn Kuipers following a video review.

Penranda took the spot kick, but Woodman got the piece of the ball and saved England.

Venezuela, making their only second U-20 World Cup appearance, pushed forward to get the equalizer, but time was running out. In four minutes of added time, even goalkeeper Farinez fired a shot, but failed to unlock England's solid defense in front of 30,346 fans at the stadium.

Meanwhile, Italy took third place after beating Uruguay 4-1 on penalties following a scoreless draw earlier Sunday.

The U-20 World Cup started on May 20 in six South Korean cities -- Jeonju, Suwon, Cheonan, Incheon, Daejeon, and Jeju. Hosts South Korea were eliminated in the round of 16 after losing to Portugal 3-1.

Italy's Riccardo Orsolini won the Golden Shoe, which is given to the top scorer of the tournament, with five goals, while the Golden Glove, given to best performing goalkeeper, went to England's Woodman.

The Golden Ball, awarded to the most outstanding player during the tournament, went to Solanke. Liverpool's new striker who scored four goals and to lead England to the U-20 World Cup title. The Silver Ball went to Uruguay's Federico Valverde, while Venezuelan captain Herrera won the Bronze Ball.

England's under-20 national football team players celebrate after beating Venezuela 1-0 in the FIFA U-20 World Cup final at Suwon World Cup Stadium in Suwon, some 45 kilometers south of Seoul, on June 11, 2017. (Yonhap)

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