England seal semi spot
Mo Marley's Women's U19 side beat Denmark 3-0 to qualify for last four of the Euros
A spectacular finish from Nikita Parris helped steer England into the semi-final of the UEFA European Women's U19 Championship for the first time in three years.
Parris scored England’s second five minutes from time after a Paige Williams penalty had given them a half-time lead.
Katie Zelem’s last-minute effort put the result beyond doubt and booked a last-four clash with Finland on Wednesday.
This win has also sealed a place at next year's U20 World Cup.
The Young Lions' physicality allowed them to control the opening exchanges as they outmuscled their Group A opponents but the Danes’ quicker tempo allowed them to put England under an extended spell of pressure. They would later fade as England emerged the stronger team, but they had a scare or two to survive first.
As Denmark played the ball sharply through their midfield, lively right winger Federikke Thogersen tried to expose the English defence as she crisply flighted the ball into the goalmouth, narrowly missing the head of Sarah Hansen at the back post.
England first tested the Danes when Sherry McCue’s deep free-kick forced Maria Christensen to punch the ball back over her own crossbar and Mo Marley's side went close again moments later when Parris raced onto a long pass forward, for Christensen to save at the feet of the Everton forward.
England’s attacking trident began to grow in influence as they looked most likely to break the deadlock. Melissa Lawley’s cross flashed across through the panic-stricken Danish area before being collected by Beth Meed, who fed the ball inside to Parris, who then fired against the upright from ten yards.
England’s movement in the final third finally paid off as the outstretched leg of Sarah Hansen sent Mead tumbling to the ground inside the area for Williams to strike the resulting penalty high into the top-right hand corner.
Denmark sought to equalise before the interval and England were let off when Thestrup twice found herself unmarked, but hesitated to shoot and Lizzie Durack was equal to Hansen’s drive, tipping the ball around the post at full stretch.
But with England threatening to add a second on the counter, Williams saw her free-kick tipped onto the crossbar.
Parris did eventually double England’s lead with the goal of the match which looped over the Danish keeper from 25-yards.
And an excellent point blank save from Christensen denied Zelem before she ultimately sealed a deserved victory with a close-range finish.