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England U19s 4-1 Germany

A brace apiece from Ben Brereton and Ryan Sessegnon seals U19 Euro semi-final place

Sunday 09 Jul 2017

Injury-hit England cruised through to the semi-finals of the UEFA U19 European Championship after Ben Brereton and Ryan Sessegnon sparked double trouble for Germany.

Nottingham Forest striker Brereton and Fulham star Sessegnon took their respective tournament tallies to three after a storming second-half performance that saw the pair bag a double each.

England 4-1 Germany
  • UEFA European U19 Championship Finals
  • Group B
  • Sunday 9 July 2017
  • David Petriashvili Stadium, Tbilisi
  • Live on Eurosport

And Chelsea’s Mason Mount also shone at the David Petriashvili Stadium in Tbilisi, after claiming three assists.

The 4-1 win sets up a meeting with Czech Republic in the last four on Wednesday evening and sent Germany home in the process.

This comfortable win also came despite an early double-blow for Keith Downing who lost both Trevoh Chalobah and Andre Dozzell to injury inside 15 minutes of the final group game.

England started the game knowing that a point would guarantee their progression as Group B winners, but always looked the more likely winners whilst the Netherlands finished as runners-up following a 1-1 draw with Bulgaria.

But it couldn’t have got off to a worse start with defensive lynchpin Chalobah being stretchered off in the fifth minute after landing awkwardly on his ankle from an early attacking corner.

Substitute Darnell Johnson, making his first appearance of the tournament, was just settling into proceedings when he was joined by another from the bench in the 15th minute as midfielder Dozzell hobbled off to be replaced by Arsenal’s Josh DaSilva.

That only added to England’s early anxiety as Aaron Ramsdale nervously watched Etienne Amenyido’s deflected shot sail narrowly wide of his right post in the 20th minute.

However, the Young Lions soon settled and Brereton had the ball in the net in the 22nd minute. Sessegnon picked out the burly striker for a tap-in from two yards but the assistant’s flag was swiftly raised for an offside.Needing to score at least two to progress, Germany continued to apply the pressure. Dennis Geiger clipped the top of the cross bar with a speculative effort from 35 yards in the 28th minute while Gorkem Saglam pounced on a half-clearance only to see his low drive blocked by Johhnson.

But England made their opponents’ task all the more mountainous shortly after the break by taking the lead from the spot with Brereton picking himself up from Sidney Friede’s trip to hammer home his penalty beyond the outstretched arm of Eike Bansen.

The Germans should have hit back on the hour mark when a corner from the right wasn’t dealt with but captain Gokhan Gul could only sky his effort from six yards.

Brereton rubbed salt into the wound by doubling his and England’s tally in the 64th minute, as the hot-shot got on the receiving end of Mount’s cut back from the left and smartly diverted a first-time, low effort into the far corner.

Substitute Tobias Warschewski gave Germany a faint glimmer of hope in the 76th minute by getting on the end of a swift attack, via Amenyido’s low ball from the right, to prod beyond Ramsdale from eight yards. It was the first goal England have conceded at this tournament.

However, super Sessegnon took the game out of Germany’s reach with two cool finishes inside the space of three minutes. In the 81st minute, he slammed home a half-volley before he linked up with Mount down the left again to beat Bansen with a low drive three minutes later.

1 Aaron Ramsdale (AFC Bournemouth), 2 Dujon Sterling (Chelsea), 3 Jay Dasilva © (Chelsea), 4 Tayo Edun (Fulham), 5 Trevoh Chalobah (Chelsea), 6 Easah Suliman (Aston Villa), 7 Isaac Buckley-Ricketts (Manchester City), 8 Andre Dozzell (Ipswich Town), 9 Ben Brereton (Nottingham Forest) 10 Mason Mount (Chelsea), 11 Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham).

16 Darnell Johnson (Leicester City) for Chalobah 6, 15 Josh Dasilva (Arsenal) for Dozzell 15, 18 Reece James (Chelsea) for Buckley-Ricketts 79.

Substitutes not used:
12 Lukas Nmecha (Manchester City), 13 Nathan Trott (West Ham United), 14 Marcus Edwards (Tottenham Hotspur), 17 Jacob Maddox (Chelsea).

England: Brereton 52 pen and 64, Sessegnon 81 and 84. Germany: Warschewski 76.Head coach: Keith Downing

By Andy Walker Senior Communications Manager in Tblisi, Georgia