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Hundreds turn out to cheer on Young Lions at Hednesford Town - with PICTURES

A Bumper crowd of 1,800 created a carnival atmosphere at Hednesford Town’s Keys Park as England Under-18s lost to their Brazilian counterparts on penalties.

With many youth football teams taking up the chance to see and be inspired by tomorrow’s footballing stars, Keys Park was awash with colour and vibrant with noise.

Following the impeccably-observed national anthems of both countries, England struck first in the 32nd minute when a clumsy Brazilian challenge gave England the chance to score from the penalty spot.

Yunus Musah duly obliged, coolly sending his spot-kick to the left of keeper Matheus to take a one-goal lead into the break.

The lead would last until the 50th minute when Gabriel played Martins through, who calmly slotted past Moulden in the England goal.

A late push from England saw a series of free-kicks and corners raise the excitement level, but the game ended level after 90 minutes and moved to a penalty shootout, where Joao Gabriel Martins Peglow struck the decisive penalty to give Brazil a 4-2 shootout victory.

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