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England 0 Sweden 2 (Bartrip og 60, Blackstenius 75)
A Molly Bartrip own goal and a strike from Sweden midfielder Stina Blackstenius consigned England to defeat in their opening match of the UEFA Under-19 Championships in Norway.
Head Coach Brent Hills took a young squad to the finals - all but one of his players can represent the Under-19s again next season - but against Sweden he started six players who helped England qualify from the elite qualifying round in April.
England began well with Carla Humphrey having a shot blocked following Jenna Dear's free kick and Chelsea left back Rosella Ayane calling Swedish keeper Zecira Musovic into action inside the first quarter of an hour.
Sweden's Lotta Íkvist redressed the balance with two efforts around the 30-minute mark, but neither were good enough to beat Birmingham City stopper Sophie Baggaley. But the Young Lions came again and Bartrip went close to breaking the deadlock after getting on the end of Jodie Brett's free kick.
Lina Hurtig had an attempt charged down when in a good position just moments into the second half, while Chelsea midfielder Dear almost caught out Musovic direct from a corner as both sides sought a breakthrough.
The opening goal came on the hour - and it was a painful one for Bartrip. The Reading defender attempted to clear the danger but inadvertently headed the ball into her own goal from just two yards out.
England heads did not drop, though, and Hills' side went on the attack with captain Claudia Walker, substitute Sarah Mayling, Vyan Sampson and Ayane all firing efforts on goal in search of an equaliser.
Unfortunately, Blackstenius had other ideas as she doubled Sweden's lead with just fifteen minutes remaining and effectively ended England's hopes of getting anything from their opening Euro encounter.
England's second Group B match is against debutants Republic of Ireland, who were surprise 1-0 winners over Spain in their opening game, on Friday.
England: Sophie Baggaley, Ashleigh Mills, Molly Bartrip, Vyan Sampson, Rosella Ayane, Millie Turner, Jenna Dear, Claudia Walker, Carla Humphrey (sub Jemma Purfield 83mins), Coral Haines (sub Sarah Mayling 50mins), Jodie Brett (sub Maddy Cusack 65mins). Subs not used: Kirstie Levell, Elisha N'Dow, Rebecca Lloyd, Fran Steele.
Sweden: Zecira Musovic, Elin Bjorklund, Elin Karlsson, Nellie Karlsson, Julia Wahlberg, Filippa Curmark (sub sub Anna Oskarsson 65mins), Fanny Andersson, Stina Blackstenius (sub Julia Zigiotti Olme 90mins), Lina Hurtig, Lotta Okvist (sub Filippa Angeldal 79mins), Nathalie Bjorn. Subs not used: Emma Holmgren, Julia Ekholm, Maja Norrhamn, Emma Jansson.
(Report by www.TheFA.com)
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