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Teams striving for their Sunday best at U17 EURO

Azerbaijan are "under big pressure" to get a result against Belgium, who, like Austria and Portugal, will go for their second win when Groups A and B resume in Baku on Sunday.

Gedson Fernandes and José Gomes scored in Portugal's 5-0 win on Thursday
Gedson Fernandes and José Gomes scored in Portugal's 5-0 win on Thursday ©Sportsfile

Group A
Azerbaijan 0-5 Portugal
Belgium 2-0 Scotland

Azerbaijan v Belgium (8km Stadium, 17.00CET)
• Tabriz Hasanov has been working on lifting morale following Azerbaijan's chastening loss to Portugal in front of a competition record crowd of 33,000 on Thursday. "It will be very difficult to recover the lads mentally," he conceded. "We are now under big pressure, but we will try to show our best, collect six points and progress from the group."

• Belgium's Thierry Siquet is expecting nothing less than a testing 80 minutes against the hosts. "It was tough for Azerbaijan because Portugal are a very good team," Siquet told UEFA.com. "It will be very difficult on Sunday because the stadium will be full, possibly 10,000 people. For Azerbaijan, Belgium is a totally different match."

Belgium's Milan Corryn in possession against Scotland
Belgium's Milan Corryn in possession against Scotland©AFFA

Portugal v Scotland (13.30, Dalga Arena)
• Having watched his "efficient" team coast to victory over Azerbaijan, Hélio Sousa is readying Portugal for a stiffer examination against Scot Gemmill's tyros. "It [the Azerbaijan win] was no training session," insisted the erstwhile Vitória Setúbal midfielder. "Scotland are an industrious team that believe they can keep and fight for the ball all of the time. I know they had the first two chances of the game against Belgium. We expect a hard, competitive match."

• Gemmill knows from experience that an opening-day defeat need not spell elimination. "Two years ago we lost [2-0] to Portugal in the first game and then beat Germany, so now it's all about preparing the players and making them feel confident we've got a good game plan in place and the belief to overcome a very good team," said Gemmill, who led Scotland to the semi-finals at the eight-nation 2014 edition. "It's not the start we wished for, but it [qualifying] can be done."

Group B
Austria 2-0 Bosnia and Herzegovina
Ukraine 2-2 Germany

Highlights: Keeper Lunin impresses in Ukraine draw

Germany v Bosnia and Herzegovina (Dalga Arena, 17.00)
• Meikel Schönweitz wants his side to be more clinical when they take on the first-time qualifiers. While "very happy with the attitude" of his Germany players in the draw against Ukraine, a match in which they trailed twice, Schönweitz believes "we should have won", adding: "The reason we didn't is because we created a lot of chances but only scored two goals. Ukraine had three opportunities and scored twice."

• Nerves got the better of Bosnia and Herzegovina on their finals debut, according to coach Sakib Malkočević. "My players went into the Austria game as though they were afraid," he said. "Austria scored two goals in the first half and it was difficult to come back after that. We were better in the second period without reaching the same level we did in the elite round. We're now focusing on the Germany match, which will be harder than the first one."

Ukraine v Austria (8km Stadium, 12.00)
• Olexandr Petrakov had mixed emotions after the draw with Germany – "given how the match went there is some disappointment" – but overall is content with how his squad is progressing. "We evolve steadily," Petrakov, for whom goalkeeper Andriy Lunin shone, explained. "We have never played against such a strong side. The lads were a bit lost. I am very happy with them, they did everything we told them. It is suicide to play open football against Germany."

• Austria coach Andreas Heraf, a member of his country's 1998 FIFA World Cup squad, was quick to train his players' minds on Ukraine after their comfortable success against Bosnia and Herzegovina. "We started planning for Ukraine in the dressing room," he said. "Like Bosnia, they will be difficult to play against. They don't offer up a lot of chances because they don't make many mistakes and wait for counterattacks. That's their game."