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Bulgaria 0-2 England U19

Young Lions make winning start to U19 Euro group stage

Monday 03 Jul 2017

Mason Mount and Ryan Sessegnon helped get the Young Lions up and running at the UEFA U19 European Championship in Georgia. 

Goals at the start of either half saw off Bulgaria in this Group B opener on a sweltering evening in Tbilisi. 

Chelsea’s Mount got the scoreboard rolling with barely a minute on the clock before Sessegnon deservedly doubled that lead three minutes into the second half.

Bulgaria 0-2 England
  • UEFA European U19 Championship
  • Group B
  • Monday 3 July 2017
  • Mikheil Meskhi-2 Stadium, Tbilisi

It was a solid performance in difficult conditions from England against a Bulgaria side who had knocked out reigning champions France en-route to these Finals. 

Head coach Keith Downing could not have asked for a better start with his side’s first goal of the tournament coming after just 39 seconds. Dujon Sterling made inroads down the right before cutting a ball back for Mount to calmly dispatch a low drive across Dimitar Sheytanov and into the far corner. 

Mount is known for his attacking prowess but attracted plaudits for his defensive duties just five minutes later. From a right-side corner, Petko Hristov’s bullet header looked to have Aaron Ramsdale beaten but Mount was in the right place on the line to clear the effort to safety. 

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In the baking hot Georgian sun – with temperatures close to 40c – England looked composed but aggressive Bulgaria remained a threat and AFC Bournemouth’s Ramsdale was called into action to make an outstanding save in the 33rd minute.  Ivan Tilev’s free-kick from deep was flicked goalwards by the head of Hristov but Ramsdale was alert to tip the effort over. 

The Young Lions started the second half as they did the first –with a goal. A delightful move down the left between Ben Brereton and Sessegnon gave the Fulham starlet only goalkeeper Sheytanov to beat and he made no mistake. 

The Bulgarians huffed and puffed but could not find a way past their opponents at the Mikheil Meskhi-2 Stadium. 

The Netherlands are next up for the Young Lions in Group B on Thursday (6 July, 2.30pm BST kick-off) at the larger Mikheil Meskhi Stadium. 

England: 1 Aaron Ramsdale (AFC Bournemouth), 2 Dujon Sterling (Chelsea), 3 Jay Dasilva (Capt; Chelsea), 4 Tayo Edun (Fulham), 5 Trevoh Chalobah (Chelsea), 6 Easah Suliman (Aston Villa), 8 Andre Dozzell (Ipswich Town),  9 Ben Brereton (Nottingham Forest), 10 Mason Mount (Chelsea), 11 Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham), 14 Marcus Edwards (Tottenham Hotspur)

Substitutes: 7 Isaac Buckley-Ricketts (Manchester City) for Sessegnon 75, 12 Lukas Nmecha (Manchester City) for Brereton 78, 17 Jacob Maddox (Chelsea) for Edwards 83

Substitutes not used: 13 Nathan Trott (West Ham United), 12 Lukas Nmecha (Manchester City), 15 Josh Dasilva (Arsenal), 16 Darnell Johnson (Leicester City), 18 Reece James (Chelsea)

Goals: Mount 1, Sessegnon 48

Head coach: Keith Downing

By Andy Walker Senior Communications Manager Tbilisi, Georgia