'Tough one to take' – Arsenal striker reacts to international heartbreak – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah has taken to Instagram to react as England were dumped out of the European Under-21 Championship this evening.
While the young Lions secured a 2-1 win over Croatia, it was not enough as they needed to win by two clear goals to progress to the quarter-finals.
Aidy Boothroyd’s side suffered costly defeats to Portugal and Switzerland in their first two Group D games, and they had to beat Croatia by two goals and hope that the Swiss would lose to the Portuguese.
The Croats secured a place in the last-eight of the competition due to a superior goal difference, and the result left Nketiah heartbroken.
The Gunners academy graduate won a penalty for his side 12 minutes into the game, going down under the challenge of Bartol Franjic in the box.
Crystal Palace’s Eberechi Eze scored the spot-kick to give England the perfect start, and Liverpool’s Curtis Jones doubled his side’s lead with 16 minutes to play.
However, Lille full-back Bradaric pulled a goal back for Croatia in the 91st-minute, leaving Nketiah and his teammates disappointed.
The Arsenal forward took to Instagram after the game.
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Arsenal resume Premier League action this weekend with a clash against Liverpool and Nketiah will be hoping to be involved.
The 21-year-old has started just three Premier League games this season, coming off the bench 11 times.
He has a league goal and an assist to his name and has played just nine minutes in the EPL in 2021.