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Trio get winning starts to international duty

England and Denmark both win at Under-19 level

22 March 2018

Ellery Balcombe, Lukas Talbro and Mads Bech Sorensen have started a spell of international duty with wins for their respective Under-19 teams.

England U19 opened the Elite Round of Qualification for Euro 2018 with a 4-1 win over Hungary in Skopje. Balcombe played the full match as the Three Lions had to come from behind to win their first game of three during this international break.

The Hungarians scored in the first half, completely against the run of play, as Zsombor Bevardi was given too much space to slot the ball into the bottom left corner away from Balcombe's outstretched arm.

It took just three minutes of the second half for Chelsea's Mason Mount to level the scores, then Arsenal youngster Reiss Nelson put them ahead with a strike into the top corner. Nelson netted a second just before the end as Jadon Sancho also added to the score in the dying moments of the game. 

Latvia were the winners of the other game in England's group, coming out on top of a 2-1 scoreline thanks to a double from Bogdans Samoilovs. On Saturday Balcombe's team will play Latvia before facing Macedonia on Tuesday, and positive results in those games will see England progress to the UEFA U19 European Championships Finals.

Denmark's Under-19s included Mads Bech Sorensen as the team won 3-2 over Bosnia & Herzegovina. While Sorensen played the full match as captain, Lukas Talbro was an unused substitute on this ocassion.

Jonas Wind opened the scoring after half an hour then Carlo Holse scored again before half-time. Jens Odgaard put The Danes three up a matter of moments after the restart and it looked like it would be an easy victory from that point on.

However, Bosnia staged a comeback and scored two goals after an hour of football through Nedim Hadzic to put pressure on Sorensen and his teammates. Denmark saw things through and collected three points on the opening day of fixtures in their Euro 2018 qualifcation group.

They now have to face Turkey on Saturday, and then Austria on Tuesday to complete the qualifying round. The Turks won 2-0 against Austria in their opening game thanks to a brace from Muhayer Oktay.

Meanwhile, Kamohelo Mokotjo was an unused substitute as South Africa advanced to the final of their Four Nations tournament with a 5-3 penalty shootout win over Angola. Djalma Campos put the Angolans ahead before the break with Lebo Mothiba levelling six minutes after the restart. 

The two sides couldn't be separated in 90 minutes so the game went to penalties with Bafana Bafana's perfect record from 12 yards seeing them through to Sunday's final against Zambia, who also needed penalties to overcome Zimbabwe in the other semi-final. 

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