Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard put England Under-21s level against Germany U21s at the Riverside Stadium, with a perfectly placed finish just after the half-hour mark.
The goal had come after a powerful run from Arsenal full-back Carl Jenkinson, on-loan at West Ham, who surged down the right-hand side before picking out Lingard. The Derby loanee was somewhat surprisingly unmarked near the penalty spot, and took advantage, guiding his shot into the corner, and leaving Barcelona stopper Marc-Andre ter Stegen helpless.
Germany had gone in front against Gareth Southgate’s side thanks to a wonderful early goal from Kaiserslautern striker Philipp Hofmann, who controlled the ball with his back to goal and under pressure from defender Ben Gibson – who was playing on his home ground – before firing the half-volley into the bottom corner.
And they had ter Stegen to thank for keeping them ahead, after the 22-year-old made an unbelievable reaction save from an England corner, but he could do nothing about Lingard’s leveller.