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Europe, Under 17s

European Under 17 Championship: Iceland 0-1 Germany

Germany were the first side to progress to the knockout phase of the UEFA European Under 17 Championship as they beat Iceland, 1-0.

Marc Stendera’s first half strike was enough to give Germany the victory and see them go through. They now stand as favourites alongside Holland in their opposite group.

Germany squeezed past Georgia in their opening fixture and effectively did the same here as they won by the single goal, but it all counts and its enough to send them through.

The breakthrough arrived after 20 minutes, when Jeremy Dudziak intercepted an Iceland clearance and fired a pass into the feet of Stendera, who made space by turning inside Hjörtur Hermannsson before driving his finish high across Fannar Hafsteinsson.

The Iceland goalkeeper had more success with two further threats to his goal, repelling Said Benkarit’s shot with his knees before holding a curling Max Meyer effort.

Iceland looked positive as they came from two goals behind to draw with France in their opening fixture but they showed little signs of a comeback here. Max Dittigen had the best chance for the Germans to double their lead as his effort went into the side netting.

Orri Sigurdur Ómarsson made a sublime goalline clearance in the final minutes to baffle Dittigen and Benkarit to give his side hope as they play against Georgia in their final game to secure qualification. Meanwhile, Germany will take on France.

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About Tom Bennett

I'm a 21-year-old Multimedia Journalism student at Bournemouth University aspiring to be one of Britain's top sports journalists. Follow me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn for contact and further information.

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