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Sweden out to seal early progress on matchday two

Sweden will qualify for the quarter-finals with a game to spare by defeating Denmark in a Nordic derby, while Italy and Spain go for their second victories in Group D.

Joel Asoro (centre) celebrates after scoring his second goal against England
Joel Asoro (centre) celebrates after scoring his second goal against England ©AFFA

Group C
England 1-2 Sweden
France 0-0 Denmark

Denmark v Sweden (Baku Olympic Stadium, 12.00CET)
• Neighbours Sweden will provide Denmark with a "different" type of challenge to what they faced against France on Friday, when coach Jan Michaelsen felt "we should have killed the game at the beginning of the second half". "Swedish guys don't have the same skills as the French players, but they are powerful, physical and work hard," he said. "I expect a testing game, maybe a little bit tactical too."

• Magnus Wikman was full of praise for the impact match winner Joel Asoro, not long back from injury, made in Sweden's opener. The Sunderland forward was a constant menace running in behind the England defence, scoring twice in a victory that shocked even the coach himself. "We were surprised, of course," admitted Wikman. "Asoro has had a problem with his knee since last year and played his first [full Under-18] game only two weeks ago against Arsenal. He has done really well to be on the pitch. He's fast and dangerous in one-versus-one situations."

There was nothing to separate France and Denmark
There was nothing to separate France and Denmark©Sportsfile

France v England (Qarabağ Stadium, 18.00)
• For Bernard Diomède, a France-England match at any age level is always special. "I feel it [the rivalry]," he said. "It'll be a difficult game, England are a quality team." Les Petits Bleus' draw with Denmark and Sweden's defeat of England has made for an interesting section. "We realise we might have the toughest group."

• After the "harsh reality" of England's loss to Sweden, a game in which the Young Lions dominated for long periods, Steve Cooper is hoping his side can "put some wrongs right" against France. "We gave two soft goals away with mistakes that can't happen at this level and, unfortunately, we paid the price for it," he told UEFA.com. "It's part of their learning [process] and the young players' journey, but on the night it was hard to take."

Group D
Italy 2-1 Serbia
Netherlands 0-2 Spain

Watch how Spain passed Netherlands test
Watch how Spain passed Netherlands test

Italy v Netherlands (Qarabağ Stadium, 14.00)
• Italy were pushed all the way by Serbia in a match that took a lot out of Alessandro Dal Canto's charges. "They did well, they were quick, so it was very difficult for us, but we are very happy," he said. "In the second half we were tired, so it's normal that mistakes happen." The impressive Moise Kean, who scored one and set up the other for Gianluca Scamacca, will again lead the line. "I'm pleased for Moise, but I took him off because he was tired."

• Netherlands coach Kees van Wonderen witnessed enough in the Oranje's reverse against Spain to know his side can still qualify – but only if they sharpen their finishing. "It's not going to be easy [to beat Italy], they're a strong and organised team, but I saw that we also have our qualities," said Van Wonderen, for whom Navajo Bakboord, Tyrell Malacia, Leandro Fernandes and Tahith Chong return from suspension. "We created chances; it's just that we have to be more decisive in the final third, to pull the trigger and score."

Serbia v Spain (Baku Olympic Stadium, 15.00)
• Serbia should have nothing to worry about if they can reproduce the level of performance they gave in the second half against the Azzurrini, says coach Ilija Stolica. "Definitely [we should have drawn], you could see that by the chances we had; we weren't the luckiest team," he explained. "In football, maybe not in life, you always have a second chance, so we should go out and play. We conceded due to our mistakes, but I sense it's going to turn for us."

Dutch coach Kees van Wonderen and Spain's Santi Denia
Dutch coach Kees van Wonderen and Spain's Santi Denia©Sportsfile

• Can do better – that was the ominous matchday one verdict of Spain coach Santi Denia, whose charges showed flashes of their potential in overcoming the Dutch. "We achieved our primary goal, which was to win, but we also saw many aspects of our game we should improve, both defensively and offensively," said the former Albacete and Atlético Madrid centre-back. "We would like to see more of the ball, but I think we produced an all-round performance against a great team such as the Netherlands."