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Portugal and Slovenia first through

Last season's semi-finalists Portugal are the first team through to this term's qualifying round after topping Group 6 to progress along with hosts Slovenia.

Felipe Ramos was happy with Portugal's performances
Felipe Ramos was happy with Portugal's performances ©Getty Images

Portugal and hosts Slovenia are the first two teams through from the UEFA European Under-17 Championship qualifying round after taking the top two places in Group 6 and leaving Northern Ireland facing a wait to see if they too will make the elite round.

Full results and standings

  • Portugal last month won a four-team tournament hosted by champions England and started in Slovenia by beating Northern Ireland 3-0.
  • Portugal then overcame hosts Slovenia 1-0 in a tight game with a brilliant last-minute José Gomes volley to go through as group winners with a game to spare.
  • Portugal's squad included goakeeper Fábio Duarte, who started last season's semi-final loss to England in Malta seven days after turning 16.
  • Slovenia defeated Turkey 5-0 courtesy of four goals from captain Jan Mlakar, including two penalties, the first coming after Ali Aydin was sent off.
  • Northern Ireland then defeated Turkey 4-3, substitute Shea Conaty striking three minutes into added time.
  • Northern Ireland had led 2-0 and 3-1 against Turkey, who were thereby eliminated before Tuesday's 1-0 loss to Portugal.
  • Slovenia clinched second place on goal difference after holding Northern Ireland 0-0.
  • Northern Ireland must wait to see if they will be one of the five third-placed teams with the best record against the top two in their group.

Filipe Ramos, Portugal coach

I am very pleased with our performance. The boys played at the expected level. We were the best team and we deserved to win this tournament.

Jim Magilton, Irish Football Association (IFA) elite performance director

Through to elite round
Group 6: Portugal, Slovenia
Bye: Germany
TBC: 29 more

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