England beat Portugal to claim Under-19 European Championship glory

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Manchester City striker Lukas Nmecha proved to be the hero for the Young Lions, who have capped an excellent summer for the nation's youth sides

England have been crowned Under-19 European Championship winners as they beat Portugal 2-1 in the final in Georgia.

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The Young Lions took the lead at the start of the second half as Aston Villa centre-back Easah Suliman headed in Mason Mount's free-kick.

A Dujon Sterling own goal brought Portugal level although Lukas Nmecha grabbed what proved to be the winner in the 68th minute.

There were nervy moments at the end of the game with England reduced to 10 men after Fulham midfielder Adetayo Edun was given his marching orders.

But Keith Downing's side held on to claim the win and lift the European Championship trophy for the first time in their history.

England's path to the final saw them beat Bulgaria, Netherlands and Germany in the group stages, before victories over Czech Republic in the semi-final and then Portugal in the final.

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The result caps a marvellous summer for the nation's youth teams, with the Under-20 side having previously won the World Cup by beating Venezuela in the final back in June.

That was preceded by the Young Lions' success at the Toulon Tournament, with the Under-18's beating Ivory Coast in the final on penalties.

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