Germany will face Poland and Netherlands will face Georgia in today’s semi-finals of the European Under 17 Championship in Slovenia.
The hosts were knocked out as they lost 3-1 to Belgium but it wasn’t enough to send either side through as Poland drew with Netherlands so they both secured those semi-final spots.
Belgium lost out on the semi-finals by merely a point as Poland and Netherlands beat them to the top two positions. 15-year-old Siebe Schrijvers gave Belgium the perfect start but the hosts were level when Petar Stojanovic grabbed an equaliser. Pieter Gerken put Belgium back into the lead and Tuur Dierckx finished off the victory with Slovenian players Domen Crnigoj and Emir Dautovic seeing red.
Meanwhile in Group B, Netherlands and Poland both qualified with a 0-0 draw. Poland ended up finishing behind the Netherlands on goal difference as they both finished with five points in the table. Mariusz Stepinski had Poland’s only opportunity in a very one-sided game which really should have gone to Oranje.
In Group A, Germany completed three wins out of three as they beat France by an emphatic 3-0 scoreline. Max Meyer scored twice within three minutes early on in the second half to see off the French and deny them a place in the semi-finals as well. Max Dittgen grabbed the other in a really optimistic performance from the German youngsters.
Georgia will join them after beating Iceland 1-0. Dato Dartsimelia came off the bench to score after 75 minutes to secure Georgia’s place in the final. They finished in second place behind the Germans on four points.
Even at these early stages, Germany are looking the favourites for the crown. It’ll be either them or the Netherlands holding the trophy later next week.
The Netherlands are looking to defend their crown that they won last year with stars like Rai Vloet really standing out in this tournament so far. However, you cannot deny the form of the Germans and typically their youngsters excelling at this level. Max Meyer has been an unbelievable talent throughout the tournament and will certainly be one to watch in the future, if not the very near future.
Max Dittgen, the other goalscorer against the French, has been another example of an outstanding prospect making his mark in a big tournament at this level. He has now grabbed two goals and looks a real threat whenever he picks up the ball.
The semi-finals will take place later today and The Youth Radar will cover both of the games with a full match report. Check our Twitter page for the latest news!