The UEFA U17 European Championships quarter-finals are shaping up nicely with Italy due to face Sweden and Norway in line to take on hosts England on Sunday.
After the third round of matches, completed on Thursday and Friday, we also now know that Belgium will line up against Spain and Netherlands face the Republic of Ireland in their quarter-finals on Monday.
In the earlier kick-offs on Friday, Belgium sealed their place at the top of Group C with their third win of the group stages, a tight 1-0 victory over Denmark.
- Group Stages
- May 10,11 - 2018
- By Richard Dore
Ireland took second place in the group with a 2-0 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina, thanks to a 69th-minute free-kick from Troy Parrott and Adam Idah’s last-play goal.
That left Friday’s evening games and no shortage of goals as Spain defeated Germany 5-1 and Netherlands claimed a 2-0 victory over Serbia.
Germany faced off against defending champions Spain in Walsall but soon found themselves a goal down as Eric Garcia volleyed home after just two minutes.
Nils Mortimer doubled the lead after 15 minutes, Alex Baena grabbed a third and Nabil Touaizi made it four before Oliver Batista Meier reduced the deficit.
Spain weren’t done there though and rounded off the scoring a minute from time with Miguel Gutierrez’s strike.
Meanwhile in Loughborough, Netherlands sealed their place at the top of Group D with their third win of the competition.
Serbia finish bottom of the group but the Dutch were left to celebrate after Brian Brobbey struck in both halves.
Steve Cooper’s England reached the quarter-finals despite Thursday’s 1-0 defeat to Switzerland in Rotherham, going down to Felix Mambimbi’s goal.
Previous wins against Italy and Israel see the Young Lions through, where they’ll take on Norway – the Group B table-toppers.
Goals from Leo Cornic and Oscar Aga helped the Norwegians to a 2-0 victory over Slovenia on Thursday, with Sweden beating Portugal 1-0 in the other Group B match to take up their place in the final eight.
The other team to progress from Group A – Italy – were able to beat Israel 2-0 with Emmanuel Gyabuaa and Edoardo Vergani grabbing second-half goals.