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Netherlands Hit Five to Win Euro Crown in Serbia

Netherlands also finished top of the fair-play league for the tournament

Netherlands hit five goals past Germany to lift the European Under 17 Championship crown.

They found themselves behind twice but got back in the game both times to avenge their final defeat of 2009.

Albert Stuivenberg’s side beat the Germans on the opening day 2-0 so went into the clash favourites to take the title.

First Samed Yesil, and then Okan Aydin, gave Germany the lead only for Tonny Trindade de Vilhena to strike back twice. Then came a scintillating second-half performance which blew Germany away, Memphis Depay and Terence Kongolo scoring in quick succession before Kyle Ebecilio’s late fifth.

No team had ever struck five in a UEFA men’s youth final and indeed this is the overall highest-scoring decider at this level.

Netherlands also finished top of the fair play rankings in front of England and France.

Netherlands will appear in Mexico along with England, France, Denmark, Germany, and Czech Republic for the FIFA Under 17 World Cup.

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About Tom Bennett

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