Denmark and Germany will meet on Tuesday to decide the fourth and final place at this summer's UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship after the sides maintained their perfect records in second qualifying round Group 3.
Two-time champions Germany, 5-0 victors against Finland on Matchday 1, put a second qualifying round record nine past Russia without reply in Esbjerg, Denmark. Sara Däbritz, with a hat-trick, and two-goal Lena Petermann were the pick of Ralf Peter's players. Denmark, who hads beaten Russia 5-0, overcame Finland 3-1.
Though his prolific side are sitting pretty at the top of the section on goal difference, Peters is aware that Germany will have to raise their game when they play the mini-tournament hosts in the group decider needing only a point. "The key to winning that match will be to have better movement with the ball, and not losing it going forward," he said. "We need to open things up a bit more and make Denmark do the running."
Denmark − third-place finishers in 2008 − did not have it all their own way against Finland, who struck the post from a free-kick when trailing to Anna Fisker's early effort. Mie Jans then missed a 60th-minute penalty for Denmark before Camilla Andersen and Karoline Smidt Nielsen made the points safe. Substitute Vera Saastamoinen replied for Finland.
Looking ahead to Tuesday, Denmark coach Anders With Damgaard said: "I just hope that we can match Germany physically. We will do everything in our power to win that game."
France await the winners of this section 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 three days later.
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