England, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden filled the four remaining places in the UEFA European Under-17 Championship quarter-finals thanks to victories on Thursday.
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Denmark 1-3 England
England registered the win they needed to continue their stay in Azerbaijan and set up a Sunday quarter-final with Spain. Denmark, who took four points from their first two games, are out. Both teams had threatened – Carlo Holse for Denmark, Ben Morris for Steve Cooper's side – before the livewire Reiss Nelson put England ahead, sweeping in a cross from marauding right-back Dujon Sterling. Mason Mount, like Sterling a UEFA Youth League winner with Chelsea last month, walked on to Nelson's pass and placed a shot into Oskar Snorre's bottom left-hand corner 11 minutes after the restart. Substitute George Hirst sealed victory when he ran through for the third late on. There was still time for a Denmark consolation, Jens Odgaard volleying in Mads Roerslev's cut-back from close range.
Sweden 1-0 France
Sweden finished above England on head-to-head record and will face the Netherlands on Sunday after narrowly overcoming the holders, who head home without a goal to their name. France dominated for long spells, playing some precise football, but lacked the ruthless streak that was evident in their triumphant 2015 squad. Teddy Bergqvist, the Blågult's top scorer in qualifying, showed them how it should be done. Found by Mattias Svanberg, the Malmö forward opened his finals account with a gentle prod past stand-in Bleus keeper Didier Desprez.
Serbia 0-2 Netherlands
Like fellow two-time victors England, the Netherlands have followed up their matchday one reverse with successive wins. The Dutch, unchanged from their 1-0 defeat of Italy three days ago, had the only shot on target of a low-key first half. Things livened up after the break, Aleksandar Popović thwarting Dylan Vente at the far post, although it was not until the latter stages that the game really came to life. Once again, Kees van Wonderen's substitutions made the difference. Ferdi Kadioglu, on for two minutes, crossed from the right and Marko Ilić turned the ball into his own net. Then, in added time, Justin Kluivert regained possession after a short corner and served up a straightforward finish for Vente.
Spain 4-2 Italy
All six goals were scored in the second half as Spain, who were pegged back to 2-2, progressed as section winners and eliminated Italy. Brahim Díaz set La Roja on their way, punishing Alessandro Bastoni for an errant pass. Soon after Ignacio Peña had preserved Spain's lead with a fine reflex save, Francisco García made it 2-0, swivelling in the area and finding the far corner. Marco Olivieri, from the spot, and Andrea Pinamonti brought the Azzurrini level. Parity was short-lived, however. Four minutes later, Manu Morlanes released Abel Ruiz, who beat Alessandro Plizzari at his near post. Pol Lozano added gloss.