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France and Sweden among impeccable qualifiers

Published: Thursday 26 September 2013, 21.03CET
Sweden, France, Finland and the Netherlands were among nine sides to emerge from the UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship qualifying round with a perfect record.
France and Sweden among impeccable qualifiers
Action from Belgium's 5-2 victory against Hungary ©Gábor Baricsa
Published: Thursday 26 September 2013, 21.03CET

France and Sweden among impeccable qualifiers

Sweden, France, Finland and the Netherlands were among nine sides to emerge from the UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship qualifying round with a perfect record.

The likes of Sweden, France, Finland and the Netherlands progressed to the UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship elite round with a 100% record, while Portugal and Serbia took their place among ten best runners-up.

Group winners: Austria, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Netherlands, Poland, Scotland, France, Belgium, Switzerland

Best runners-up: Croatia, Republic of Ireland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Belarus, Serbia, Romania, Iceland, Turkey, Ukraine

Bye to elite round: Germany, England, Spain

Bye to final tournament: Norway (hosts)

Group 1 (hosts: Austria)
The hosts made a statement of intent by beating second-placed Croatia 5-0 to record their third straight success and clean sheet. Elsewhere, Azerbaijan prevailed by the same scoreline against Israel, with five different scorers ensuring they exit in third spot.

Group 2 (Republic of Ireland)
Denmark twice came from behind to draw 2-2 with the Republic of Ireland and clinch top spot, Kamilla Jensen and Anna Fisker wiping out efforts from Clara Shine and Shannon Carson. It was also a memorable day for Greece, who sealed third place after rolling over Kazakhstan 3-0.

Group 3 (Lithuania)
Sweden emerged as group winners after a convincing 3-0 victory over Portugal, potent midfielder Stina Blackstenius plundering her eighth and ninth goals of qualifying. In Thursday's other Group 3 fixture, Estonia restored some pride with a slender 1-0 defeat of point-less Lithuania.

Group 4 (Finland)
The home team negotiated a safe passage to the elite round, first-half efforts from Julia Tunturi, Nelli Nevalampi and Vera Saastamoinen securing a 3-1 triumph against the Czech Republic – one of ten best runners-up. Third position in the section was filled by Moldova, who left it late to salvage a 2-2 draw with the Faroe Islands.

Group 5 (Belarus)
Russia
flexed their muscles with a 5-0 rout of Wales, Nadezhda Karpova scoring two of four-second half goals to cement their position atop the standings. Aleksandr Shagov's team progress alongside Belarus, who registered their second win of qualifying by easing past Cyrpus 4-2.

Group 6 (Serbia)
Defender Jeslynn Kuijpers scored all three goals as the Netherlands maintained their perfect record in Group 6 by condeming Serbia to a 3-0 defeat. Third-placed Bosnia and Herzegovina finished on a positive note, meanwhile, making light work of Malta in a commanding 4-0 victory.

Group 7 (Slovenia)
Both teams squandered decent opportunities as the crunch game between Poland and Italy finished goalless, meaning Marcin Kasprowicz's charges finish top. The Azzure are out, however, due to an inferior head-to-head record with the sides that finished first and third in the section. As for Slovenia, they dispatched Albania 7-0 with Tjaša Misja and Evelina Kos notching doubles.

Group 8 (FYROM)
Comprehensive winners on matchday two, Scotland produced another emphatic performance to overwhelm Romania 8-0. Caroline Weir caught the eye by rattling in four goals to take her mini-tournament tally to seven. Romania nonetheless secured second spot ahead of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, who scored twice in added time to stun Georgia 3-2.

Group 9 (Bulgaria)
France will feature in the elite round after a convincing 3-0 defeat of Iceland, Audrey Chaumette and Léa Declercq – a menace throughout – complementing Sandie Toletti's second-minute opener. Slovakia bowed out in style, meanwhile, by sending four unanswered goals past Bulgaria including a Ivana Kantárská double.

Group 10 (Hungary)
Belgium
topped the section courtesy of a 5-2 comeback victory against Hungary, forward Lucinda Michez weighing in with a second-half treble. Ebru Topçu struck twice for Turkey as they posted a second consecutive win by edging out Montenegro 3-1.

Group 11 (Latvia)
Switzerland
rounded off an immaculate qualifying round by consigning Ukraine to a 2-0 reverse in Ogre, goals in either half from Sandrine Mauron and Sabrina Ribeaud settling the contest. Northern Ireland arrested a run of two straight defeats to finish third, dispatching the mini-tournament hosts 4-1.

Reporters: Ernst Schneider, Javier Aja, Andrius Pacevičius, Nicklas Vinde, Jukka Malm, Andrei Vashkevich, Ivan Vjetrović, Milan Vuković, Grega Sever, Rok Šinkovc, Emil Gasevski, Ivan Vasevski, Boris Pruntsch, Andy Clark, Sergey Vorobyov, Oleg Sokol, Mikael Erävuori & Dmitri Slotin

Last updated: 26/09/13 21.23CET

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