Fulham's European Champions

Saturday 15 July 2017 20:00

Ryan Sessegnon and Tayo Edun have won the Under-19 European Championship with England.

Keith Downing's men beat Portugal in the final 2-1 in Gori, with Easah Suliman scoring the first goal before an own goal from Dujon Sterling made things level. Lukas Nmecha scored the winner again, after his heroics in the Semi-Final where he converted a late winner.

Edun was sent off after receiving two yellow cards in the 54th an the 86th minute, however England held strong to win the competition after a nervy five minutes of added time. 

It’s the first time England have won the Euros at this level, and Sessegnon and Edun started every game and played most of the tournament.

They had a hard route to navigate to become Champions, beating Bulgaria 2-0, The Netherlands 1-0, Germany 4-1, The Czech Republic 1-0, and Portugal 2-1.

Sessegnon came close to scoring twice during in front of the 4,100 capacity crowd, flashing a shot just wide of the post in the 38th minute, and then putting Dalot under pressure at the back post whilst trying to reach a Sterling cross.

It was England that broke the deadlock in the 50th minute, Mason Mount’s free kick bounces off the Diogo Costa’s left post and Suliman tucked away the rebound to give The Three Lions the lead.

Sterling attempted to clear the ball six minutes later, however sliced the ball and it ended up in their own net.

Nmecha scored the winner in the 68th minute, as a lightning counter attack from Mount drew his defenders and he squared the ball for Nmecha to dispatch and hand England the trophy.

It is England's third trophy of the summer from development teams, having won the Under-20 World Cup and the Toulon Tournament. 

Photo Curtesy of England F.A.

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