WU19 EURO: matchday three preview

France, the Netherlands and Norway will be vying to sew up the two semi-final berths in Group A on Monday as Spain tackle top scorers Switzerland for first place in Group B.

The Netherlands need a draw against France to be sure of a semi-final place
The Netherlands need a draw against France to be sure of a semi-final place ©Sportsfile

Group A

Netherlands v France (Senec) 17:00CEST
Despite two wins out of two and a tally of seven goals, the Dutch are yet to secure a place in the semi-finals. A draw with three-time winners France will be enough for the 2014 champions to progress, but coach Jessica Torny is calling for maximum points. "We had six points in Group A on Friday night, which we were very pleased with, but now we're finishing the group stage with the most important game. France are a good side and capable of a lot, so even though a draw will be enough, we we'll play to win."

Norway v Slovakia (Zlate Moravce) 17:00
Level on points with France, Norway trail in terms of goal difference but will go through if it comes down to head-to-head after beating their rivals 1-0 on matchday one. Their mission will be to overcome hosts Slovakia, who have impressed despite already being eliminated. "Slovakia have players such as Martina Šurnovská who were born in 1999 and are only 17 but have done very well," said UEFA technical observer Patricia González. "It shows they have something to build on, as they can use this tournament experience for their development."

Group B

Switzerland have been prolific in Slovakia
Switzerland have been prolific in Slovakia©Sportsfile

Switzerland v Spain (Myjava) 18:00
Spain may be known for their free-scoring flair, but next they take on the tournament top scorers – the Swiss having racked up eight goals so far, one more than the Dutch. Top spot in the section is up for grabs, and Spain coach Pedro López is feeling optimistic after his team's 4-0 defeat of Austria. "I'm very happy to have qualified, and with the way we played," he said. "We've only got two players who have not made an appearance yet, but it's likely they'll get a chance to play in the last group game. Even though we're through, that match will also be important because we want to win the group."

Germany v Austria (Senica) 18:00
With both countries now eliminated, Germany and Austria will be playing for pride alone. Indeed, Austria coach Irene Fuhrmann says her players are eager to put in a good performance in their final outing. "We're now out of the tournament, which is obviously very disappointing," she explained. "We have the game against Germany ahead of us, and we will fight for third place, but Germany are a strong side and it will be an extremely difficult match."

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