Two-time UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship winners Germany and mini-tournament hosts Denmark both began second qualifying round Group 3 with 5-0 wins.
Given a bye through the first qualifying round, Germany made the most of their break by hitting five goals without reply against Finland before Denmark, who meet Finland next on Saturday, followed suit against Russia.
Germany, who lost their title in the semi-finals to the Republic of Ireland last season, looked on good form in Esbjerg and could have added to their five-goal haul. Hat-trick scorer Fabienne Dongus was excellent along with Linda Dallmann, who claimed the first, and Sara Däbritz while Lena Petermann came off the bench to grab the last goal. Finland's misery was compounded by the loss of defender Emma Koivisto to a knee injury.
Winning coach Ralf Peter said: "I am very satisfied with the result of the first match and how we played today. I was a little surprised that Finland used attacking tactics. That was good for us, because we had more space for our combinations."
Meanwhile, Denmark's pacy players ripped the Russia defence apart on several occasions in Varde and by the break Luna Gewitz and Camilla Andersen had put the hosts two up. Mie Jans, impressive in defence, made it three early in the second half and just before the end substitute Anna Fisker and Andersen, whose finishing matched her top-class passing, rounded off the scoring.
France await the winners of this group in the semi-finals at the Colovray stadium in Nyon on 28 July, with Iceland facing holders Spain in the other tie. The tournament will be decided in UEFA's Swiss home town three days later.
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