Lithuania vs. Cymru | 2025 European Under-21 Championship – Qualifying competition – GrpI

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      1. Full-time: Despite a very late scare from Lithuania, Cymru secure all three points in this qualifier for the UEFA U21 European Championship with goals from Luke Harris, Fin Stevens and Luke Harris.

      2. Goal

        KRITUPAS KERSYS

      3. Goal

        FAUSTAS STEPONAVICIUS

      4. Substitution

        CREW Charles replaces SAVAGE Charlie

      5. A third change for Cymru as Savage is replaced by Crew.

      6. Yellow card

        HARRIS Luke

      7. Goal! King lays the ball of to Cotterill, who touches the ball forward and curls home a right-footed effort from 30 yards. A brilliant introduction after coming on just three minutes ago.

      8. Goal

        COTTERILL Joel Leigh

      9. Substitution

        GABRIELIUS MICEVICIUS replaces ARMANDAS KUCYS

      10. Substitution

        EMILIS GASIUNAS replaces KAROLIS ZEBRAUSKAS

      11. Yellow card

        STEVENS Fin

      12. Cotterill comes on in place of Rubin Colwill for his first competitive appearance for Cymru U21.

      13. Substitution

        COTTERILL Joel Leigh replaces COLWILL Rubin

      14. Yellow card

        TURNS Edward James

      15. Substitution

        MARTYNAS DZIUGAS replaces MAITJUS REMEIKIS

      16. Substitution

        THOMAS Joshua John replaces JONES Patrick Samuel

      17. Cymru make their first change of the game as Thomas comes on in place of Jones.

      18. Yellow card

        DEIVDAS DOVYDAITIS

      19. Yellow card

        KAROLIS ZEBRAUSKAS

      20. Substitution

        DEIVDAS DOVYDAITIS replaces EMIL ANDRUSKEVIC

      21. Low is shown a yellow for a foul on Kucys on the edge of the area. Steponavicius takes the free-kick but curls a right-footed effort wide of the post.

      22. Yellow card

        LOW Joseph

      23. Goal! A dream start to the second half for Cymru as they double their lead. Rubin Colwill does well down the left and delivers a ball right across goal which finds Stevens, who finishes with a composed first-time effort at the back post.

      24. Goal

        STEVENS Fin

      25. Substitution

        ERIDANAS BAGUZAS replaces TITAS BUZAS

      26. Half-time verdict: Matty Jones will have been pleased with what he saw from his side in the opening 45 minutes. Cymru had the better of the opportunities in front of goal and got the goal they deserved through Harris’ strike. Steponavicius should have done better with the chance he had in front of goal, with his opportunity being the best for his side in the first half.

      27. Two additional minutes are indicated at the end of the first half.

      28. Goal! Jones combines with Colwill and fires a low effort towards the near post which is parried by Virvilas into the path of Harris, who fires home on the rebound.

      29. Goal

        HARRIS Luke

      30. A well worked move from Cymru sees Harris find Beck, whose shot deflects off Andruskevic and goes marginally wide of the target.

      31. Lithuania break away quickly and a have a chance to test goalkeeper Beach. Steponavicius takes it wide on his right foot before firing his shot high and wide of the target.

      32. Beck looks to regain position following a heavy touch with a challenge on Burba, and is shown a yellow card by the referee.

      33. Yellow card

        BECK Owen Michael

      34. A good chance for the home side as Burba’s low cross into the area picks out Steponavicius, who looks to fire towards goal with a first-time shot but scuffs his effort and Cymru are able to clear.

      35. Stevens looks to find a player at the near post from the resulting corner but the Lithuania defence clear the ball away to safety.

      36. Quick feet from Beck helps get Cymru forward and the move ends with the first corner of the game for Matty Jones’ side.

      37. Representing Cymru…

      38. The ball is rolling and the match is under way at Jonava Stadium.

      39. The Red Wall have started to arrive at Jonava Stadium ahead of this evening’s fixture, with many stopping off on their way back from last night’s senior match in Latvia.

      40. Matty Jones makes seven changes from Cymru’s 4-0 friendly victory over Liechtenstein on Friday. Ed Turns comes in as captain for his first Cymru U21 appearance since the 2-0 defeat against Austria in September 2022.

      41. Head coach Matty Jones spoke to the media in Monday’s pre-match press conference and expressed what he expects Lithuania to offer against his side.

        Jones said: “I expect a dogged team who are fighting for the same thing that we are. They’ve never qualified for the finals tournament in this competition before, so we’re fighting for the same thing. I expect that in terms of mentality, grit and determination, so I’ve spoken to the players a lot this week and we need to be best in those areas. We know their traits, trends and what they’re really good at, so we’ve managed everything over the last week to make sure we’re ready.”

      42. Cymru training at Jonava Stadium ahead of Tuesday’s qualifier.

      43. Charlie Crew, who turned 17 in June, was one of the players handed his Cymru U21 debut against Liechtenstein as he played the full 90 minutes of the friendly.

        Speaking to the media after the game, Crew said: “Matty has shown a lot of faith in me, played me where I can be played and trusted me a lot with this squad.”

        Watch Crew’sโ€™ post-match reaction in full on RedWall+.

      44. Matty Jones spoke to the media following his sideโ€™s 4-0 victory over Liechtenstein at Rodney Parade on Friday, with the friendly providing the head coach with an opportunity to hand out debuts to several players in his squad.

        He said: โ€œWeโ€™ve given six new caps on the pitch and five of those started. It proses a healthy problem for us because weโ€™re creating more depth and strength in the group.โ€

        Watch Jonesโ€™ post-match reaction in full on RedWall+.

      45. 11 September, 2023 12:13 pm

        Cymru touched down in Lithuania last night and will train at Jonava Stadium ahead of their second UEFA U21 European Championship qualifier on Tuesday.

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