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VIDEO: Scotland U17s Beat Belgium To Qualify For European Championship

Scotland under 17s became the first national side to reach a major tournament finals since 2008 as goals from Aidan Nesbitt, Cameron Ballantyne and Jake Sheppard propelled them to a 3-1 victory over Belgium in Greenock yesterday.

Scotland qualify with a game in hand. Bosnia and Herzegovina are lurking in second place three points behind the Scots, but won’t leapfrog them due to their head-to-head record, in which Scotland beat them 2-0 in the opening fixture.

Dylan Damraoui opened the scoring for the Belgians but Nesbitt levelled the scores just after half-time. Ballantyne produced a bullet header to give Scotland the lead and Sheppard secure the victory with his first touch of the match after coming on as a substitute.

The Scottish FA’s performance director Mark Wotte told Scotland Now: “It’s so important for us to be able to show progress, although it’s just a small step.

“Three years ago we started this strategy and this is a sign of progress. I’m proud of my players. After our Under-16s won the Victory Shield we now have our Under-17s qualifying for the Euro finals.

“I said to the players before the game they can be the first generation who can show the difference.

“We showed the Scottish mentality with a fighting spirit but there was also great skill and technique.

“We want to play better and better as well as having a good team spirit and will to win. We were stronger than the Belgians and the work we have done on the set-pieces paid off.”

Watch video highlights below.

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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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