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Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

England may need penalty shootout to end Mexican stand-off

Scotland can end tournament on a high

Eddie Nketiah has shone for England in Toulon
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Scotland v Turkey
Freesports, 3pm Saturday
England v Mexico
Freesports, 5.30pm Saturday

England are one step away from being crowned Toulon Tournament champions for a third successive year but they may need to win a penalty shootout to get the better in Mexico in the final.

Aidy Boothroyd's side have scored nine goals in four games but they were held to a goalless draw by their final opponents in the group stage.

That contest produced few clear-cut chances and it is unlikely that the final will be much different.

Mexico are spearheaded by Santos Laguna striker Eduardo Aguirre, the tournament's outstanding player and top scorer with seven goals.

But England must also contend with classy 17-year-old winger Diego Lainez. The Club America player sparkled at the Under-17 World Cup in India last summer, scoring both of Mexico's goals in their 3-2 group-stage loss to England.

England will look to utilise the pace of Eddie Nketiah on the counter-attack. Nketiah bagged two of England's goals in their 3-1 semi-final victory over Scotland.

He also looked their main threat in the group game with Mexico, forcing a rash 13th-minute challenge from centre-back Cesar Montes, who was deservedly booked.

Mexico's defence should be better prepared the second time around and the best way to profit from a cagey game is to side with the stalemate.

Scotland have had a great tournament and can sign off with a victory over Turkey in the playoff for third and fouirth place.

Turkey came through the weakest of the three groups but were outclassed 3-1 by Mexico in the semi-finals.

They may struggle to match the Scots, who finished top of a stronger section, one point above hosts France.

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Aidy Boothroyd's side have scored nine goals in four games but they were held to a goalless draw by their final opponents in the group stage
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