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Ten to follow from Under-19 finals

Published: Saturday 2 August 2014, 12.00CET
UEFA.com runs the rule over ten players who impressed in Hungary, including triumphant Germany pair Joshua Kimmich and Davie Selke, the finals' top scorer.

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Published: Saturday 2 August 2014, 12.00CET

Ten to follow from Under-19 finals

UEFA.com runs the rule over ten players who impressed in Hungary, including triumphant Germany pair Joshua Kimmich and Davie Selke, the finals' top scorer.

Sinan Bytyqi (Austria)
A player's value to a team can often be deduced by how often his colleagues look for him, and in the case of Bytyqi, that was very often indeed. Give him the ball and you could expect something to change; an opening to be found, the pace to alter, play to be switched. Indeed switching sides with intelligence was a big part of the Manchester City FC attacking midfielder's repertoire, just one reason why he was such a handful for defenders.

Mijat Gačinović (Serbia)
Gačinović is fast, good with the ball and always looking to score, making him one of Serbia's most dangerous players. His free-kicks and corners were a contstant threat, although the missed penalty in the semi-final shoot-out against Portugal left a bitter taste on an overall sweet performance.

Joshua Kimmich (Germany)
Described by captain Niklas Stark as "the brains of the side", the RB Leipzig midfielder was absent on matchday one but quickly made his presence felt. Intelligent with possession and conscientous without, he formed a powerful partnership with Levin Öztunali that made Germany tick.

Gelson Martins (Portugal)
With his excellent close control and eye-catching skill, it is easy to see why the winger has reportedly had a €45-million release clause inserted in the five-year contract he signed with Sporting Clube de Portugal earlier this summer. His goal in Portugal's 6-1 win over the hosts the perfect example of the threat caused by the indomitable teenager.

Michael Ohana (Israel)
His outstanding close control and touch made Ohana a particularly tricky customer for opposition defences in Hungary. The FC Ashdod attacking midfielder may not have scored at the finals but most of Israel's most dangerous attacks passed through his feet. Often starting from deep, the 18-year-old liked nothing more than to dribble his way through the midfield before seeking a team-mate or having a shot himself.

Bogdan Sarnavskiy (Ukraine)
His side's outstanding performer by a distance, the FC Shakhtar Donetsk goalkeeper produced a series of first-class saves, none more vital than the penalty stop from Antonio Vutov that set up the matchday two win. Also a vocal presence between the posts and a key defensive organiser.

Davie Selke (Germany)
A fearsome spearheard of the attack. Scored within 60 seconds against Bulgaria on matchday one and barely stopped thereafter, finding the net once more in that game and against Serbia before adding another two on matchday three and a further one in the last four. Powerful and clinical, his goals and work-rate were crucial for Germany.

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André Silva after Portugal's final loss

André Silva (Portugal)
Showed how much he has adapted to the evolving demands of a centre forward. Principally a target man, Portugal's quick counterattacking brand of football needed a finisher, and that was FC Porto's 18-year-old. He supplied five of his nation's goals en route to the final, underlining his natural eye for goal while tirelessly running the line and dropping back frequently to seek possession.

Radoslav Tsonev (Bulgaria)
Tsonev was a vital presence in the Bulgarian midfield, his anticipation and positioning a key element of breaking down opposition attacks. Calm with the ball, his accurate passing was often the starting point for attacks, although a team deprived of his twin brother Borislav by injury was unable to take them.

Szabolcs Varga (Hungary)
The sc Heerenveen winger was a substitute in Hungary's first two games, but when he did appear he certainly made an impact, heading in against Austria and crossing for Bence Mervó to score against Portugal. Started the hosts' last match against Israel and again came up trumps, crossing for Norbert Balogh to head Hungary's winner.

Last updated: 02/08/14 14.26CET

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