Croatia and Hungary march onwards

Croatia downed Hungary 2-1 on the final day of games in qualifying round Group 7 to top the pool and join their opponents in the elite round, with Israel left hoping to join them.

Croatia's Under-17 team celebrate victory against Hungary
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Croatia defeated Hungary 2-1 on the final day of action in UEFA European Under-17 Championship qualifying round Group 7 to top the section and book an elite round place along with their opponents, with Israel left waiting to see if they will join them.

Full results and standings

  • Croatia opened with an 8-1 defeat of Kazakhstan, three players scoring twice including Davor Lovren, younger brother of Dejan.
  • Attila Szalai converted a 26th-minute penalty to ensure hosts Hungary defeated Israel 1-0 in their first match.
  • Hungary booked progress two days later as they beat Kazakhstan 1-0 with an own goal against opponents who ended down to ten men.
  • Croatia were thwarted in their attempt to join Hungary on matchday two as they drew 0-0 with Israel.
  • Croatia dominated and Israel had Wael Najjar sent off in added time.
  •  Hungary needed just a point against Croatia to win the group but fell behind to a Lovren strike and were undone by Luka Pasariček's 68th-minute winner after Bence Szabó had equalised.
  • That result ended Israel's hopes of finishing in the top two, despite Liron Glat's charges signing off by beating Kazakhstan 6-0.
  • Israel will be hoping they can still advance as one of the five third-placed teams with the best record against the leading pair in their section.

Through to elite round
Group 1: Scotland, Republic of Ireland
Group 3:
Italy, Iceland
Group 5:
Sweden, Greece
Group 6:
Portugal, Slovenia
Group 7: Croatia, Hungary
Group 8: Netherlands, Serbia
Group 9: Austria, Norway
Group 10: Belgium
Group 12: Czech Republic, Romania
Group 13: Russia, Belarus
Bye: Germany
TBC: 12 more

Draw: 10.40CET, 3 December, involving 32 sides, of which 15 will join Bulgaria in the finals.

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