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Mar 31, 2015 at 7pm UK
Wales U21sWales Under-21s
Bulgaria U21sBulgaria Under-21s
O'Sullivan (9', 13'), Yorwerth (25')
FT(HT: 3-0)
Kolev (51')

Result: Wales Under-21s ease past Bulgaria Under-21s in Cardiff

Tommy O'Sullivan scores twice as Wales Under-21s beat Bulgaria Under-21s 3-1 in the opening game of their 2017 European Championship qualifying campaign.

Wales Under-21s have made a confident start to qualifying for the 2017 European Championships by beating Bulgaria Under-21s 3-1 in Cardiff.

It was the perfect start for the hosts as Wes Burns beat a challenge on the wing before delivering a cross which was firmly headed home by Tommy O'Sullivan.

Bulgaria were left shocked by the fast start from Wales, and the lead was doubled four minutes later as the influential Burns sprinted into space once again to find O'Sullivan, who kept his composure to fire home from close range.

The visitors struggled to produce a response in the first half as Wales scored their third of the night when Josh Yorwerth headed in after Bulgaria had failed to clear a Ryan Hedges free kick.

Hedges could have scored a fourth before the break after finding room in the box, but his low effort rebounded to safety off the post.

There was a glimmer of hope for Bulgaria early in the second half when they pulled a goal back through Nikolai Kolev, who capitalised on space to pick out the bottom corner from outside the box.

Despite improving after reducing the deficit, clear chances were difficult to come by for the visitors as Kiril Despodov curled wide from a promising position.

The Welsh defence responded to the growing pressure impressively in the latter stages as they secured a comfortable win to start the campaign in fine style.

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