Bulgaria was defeated 2-0 by England in UEFA European U19 Championship Group B opener at Mikheil Meskhi-2 Stadium in Tbilisi.
Chelsea’s Mason Mount got the scoreboard rolling with barely a minute on the clock before Ryan Sessegnon doubled England’s that lead three minutes into the second half.
En-route to these Finals Bulgaria knocked out reigning champions France but England’s solid performance on Monday was too much to the Lions.
For the start of the tournament, Bulgaria’s coach Angel Stoykov were without two of the main players goalkeeper Daniel Naumov and Georgi Rusev, who were suspended.
After just 39 seconds England took the lead at Mikheil Meskhi-2 Stadium. Dujon Sterling made inroads down the right before cutting a ball back for Mason Mount to calmly dispatch a low drive across Dimitar Sheytanov and into the far corner.
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.
England looked composed but aggressive Bulgaria remained a threat and 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 Three Lions started the second half as they did the first –with a goal. A move down the left between Ben Brereton and Sessegnon gave the Fulham starlet only goalkeeper Sheytanov to beat and he made no mistake.
Bulgaria had some chances in front of England’s goal but could not find a way past Three Lions goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.
Bulgaria’s second game in Georgia is against Germany on Thursday, July 6 (7 pm Bulgarian time kick-off).
Bulgaria: 12 Dimitar Sheytanov, 5 Petar Genchev, 2 Andrea Hristov, 15 Petko Hristov, 4 Angel Lyaskov, 7 Ivaylo Naydenov (c), 3 Vasil Dobrev (6 Ivaylo Klimentov 76′), 11 Svetoslav Kovachev (8 Georgi Yanev 54′), 22 Ivan Tilev, 16 Kaloyan Krastev, 9 Tonislav Yordanov (19 Stanislav Ivanov 54′)
Head coach: Angel Stoykov