Goal of the day: Calvin Verdonk (Netherlands U-17) vs England U-17 | inside World Soccer

Calvin Verdonk scored a spectacular opener as the Netherlands beat England 2-0 in their final group game of the European U-17 Championship on Thursday.

With qualification to the semi-finals assured for both sides, the two nations both lacked their usual tempo in the heat of Hibernians Stadium in Malta.

After a goalless first half, the game burst into life five minutes after the restart when a rocket from Verdonk broke the deadlock.

There looked to be no danger when the Feyenoord Rotterdam defender collected possession 35 yards from goal.

With space around him, Verdonk took a touch before unleashing a vicious, swerving effort that flew past Samuel Howes and into the top-right corner.

The Dutch sealed the win on 68 minutes as Dani van der Moot, who had entered the fray seconds earlier, headed home with his first touch.


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