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09/09/2013 18:42, Report by Adam Bostock

Zaha aids England U21s

Manchester United pair Wilfried Zaha and Michael Keane were in the thick of the action for England Under-21s on Monday evening, helping their national side to salvage a point from a tough match in Finland.

Reds winger Zaha created the equaliser, driving in a low cross for West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino to turn home in the 67th minute. The hosts had been leading since the quarter-hour mark through a goal by Moshtagh Yaghoubi and seemed set to extend their lead at the top of Group 1 in the UEFA Under-21 Championship qualifiers. But the visitors finished the stronger of the two teams and might have claimed more for their endeavours had Liverpool full-back Andre Wisdom - who recently faced United as a substitute at Anfield - not been sent off for a foul on Finland sub Loorents Hertsi. 

England coach Gareth Southgate subsequently reshuffled his ten men, sacrificing Zaha to shore up with another defender, Eric Dier, who plies his club trade in Portugal with Sporting Lisbon. Keane, meanwhile, played the full 90 minutes at centre-back. The 1-1 draw means the Three Lions have picked up four points from the opening two qualifiers, compared to Finland's eight after four games.

Later in the evening, Marnick Vermijl featured throughout Belgium's 1-0 home win over Northern Ireland, a victory which maintains their 100 per cent start following three matches in qualifying Group 9.

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