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Perfect Finland joined by Poland

Published: Wednesday 22 October 2014, 17.53CET
Finland topped UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship qualifying round Group 2 without conceding a goal or dropping a point to go through with Poland.
by Mikhail Malkin
from Rakvere & Tallinn
Perfect Finland joined by Poland
Amanda Rantanen helped Finland through ©Gábor Baricsa
Published: Wednesday 22 October 2014, 17.53CET

Perfect Finland joined by Poland

Finland topped UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship qualifying round Group 2 without conceding a goal or dropping a point to go through with Poland.

Finland, who did not drop a point or concede a goal, topped UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship qualifying round Group 2 to go through with Poland.

Full results and standings

  • On the opening day, 2012/13 winners Poland beat hosts Estonia 5-0, set on their way by two Klaudia Miłek goals.
  • Born on 31 December 1999, Estonia's Siret Räämet became the youngest player to take part in the competition since it began in 2007/08.
  • Finland thrashed Bosnia and Herzegovina 9-0, Aino Kröger scoring four and Emilia Ukkonen claiming a 12-minute first-half hat-trick.
  • On the next matchday Poland and Finland both secured progress with victories.
  • Poland defeated Bosnia and Herzegovina 4-0, Miłek again managing two goals.
  • Finland saw off Estonia 8-0, Kröger getting four goals this time and Ukkonen another two.
  • Finland overcame Poland 2-0 to finish top thanks to Amanda Rantanen and Kröger.
  • The consolation of third place was earned by Bosnia and Herzegovina, with a late own goal edging out Estonia 1-0.

Reaction:
Marko Saloranta, Finland coach
Of course, we are satisfied with the result, but we could have scored earlier in the match against Poland. We had chances. But I'm delighted we didn't concede any goal in the three games.

I'm very proud of my players. I think we deserved to win this game and this mini-tournament. I think Poland have a good team too. We will try to go all the way. It's a tough path, but we want to develop our players individually.

Through to elite round
Group 2: Finland, Poland
Group 3:
Switzerland, Hungary
Group 4:
Republic of Ireland, Serbia
Group 5:
Czech Republic, Austria
Group 6:
Sweden, Scotland
Group 7:
Belgium, Belarus
Group 8:
Denmark, Turkey
Group 9:
Italy, Norway
Bye: Germany (holders), France, Spain
TBC: 5 more

Draw: 19 November, involving 24 teams, of whom seven will join hosts Iceland in the finals.

Last updated: 04/06/15 4.01CET

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