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Murphy strike helps England through to semi-finals

22 June 2017

City’s Jacob Murphy scored as England beat Poland 3-0 to go through to the semi-finals of the European Under-21 Championship.

Murphy's lung-bursting run put him in the right place at the right time to finish off a swift counter-attack in the 69th minute, coolly tapping home a Demarai Gray cut-back to put England 2-0 up.

Murphy and Angus Gunn had both started on the bench as England went into the game top of Group A knowing a win would take them through to the knock-out stage. They got off to the perfect start, with Gray firing them into the lead in the sixth minute.

For the second successive match Murphy was brought on at the start of the second-half, and once again he made a big impact. Against Slovakia on Monday he came on at right-back, and his brilliant first-time cross set up England’s equaliser in a 2-1 win. Tonight Murphy was brought on up front, and his goal arrived just as Poland were beginning to dominate.  

Lewis Baker made it 3-0 from the penalty spot in the 82nd minute as England cruised into the semi-finals, to be played next Tuesday. Groups B and C will be completed on Friday and Saturday, when England will find out their opponents in the last four. 

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