Oct 12, 2012 at 6pm UK at ​Wembley Stadium
England
1-0
SerbiaSerbia

Result: England Under-21s earn first-leg victory

Result: England Under-21s earn first-leg victory
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England Under-21s win the first leg of the European Championship playoff with a 1-0 victory over Serbia at Carrow Road.

England Under-21s have won the first leg of the European Championship playoff with a 1-0 victory over Serbia at Carrow Road.

Craig Dawson's penalty was enough to give Stuart Pearce's side a narrow advantage going into Tuesday's return leg in Krusevac.

The hosts were dominant in the first half and could have gone ahead but for wayward efforts from Tom Ince, Jack Rodwell and Jordan Henderson.

Meanwhile, Luka Milunovic wasted the visitors' best chance of the half when he headed over.

Wilfried Zaha had his stinging effort well saved midway through the second half before England took the lead from the penalty spot.

Adam Smith was brought down in the box to allow West Bromwich Albion youngster Dawson to fire home.

Steven Caulker nearly doubled his side's lead in the final minutes, but his diving header was tipped around the post.

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