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Netherlands beat Scots to set up England decider

Netherlands 5-0 Scotland
Five different scorers earned the 2011 and 2012 winners a third final appearance in four years, with England lying in wait on Wednesday.

Netherlands beat Scots to set up England decider
Netherlands beat Scots to set up England decider ©UEFA.com

The Netherlands will meet England for the second time in less than a week, in Wednesday's final, following a 5-0 win against Scotland.

The Jong Oranje were 2-0 victors against John Peacock's side in the teams' final Group A game, though there was nothing more than top spot at stake. Wednesday's encounter will now present the chance for a third UEFA European Under-17 Championship title for the Dutch, who saw off Scotland thanks to Calvin Verdonk's penalty and further goals from Abdelhak Nouri, Steven Bergwijn, Segun Owobowale and Dani van der Moot.

Though the Scots looked to be on the crest of a wave following victory against Switzerland, they were slow out of the traps in their first game at the National Stadium. Indeed, the Dutch would have taken the lead after just five minutes had Robby McCrorie not stuck out a paw to turn behind Owobowale's splendid header. Less was required of Yanick van Osch when Kyle Cameron climbed highest at the other end.

That was a brief foray into opposition territory for Scotland, who soon found themselves back-pedalling once more. Bergwijn was the Jong Oranje's chief threat, chancing his arm three times in barely 60 seconds but getting no closer than the crossbar with his final effort.

Verdonk placed his 34th-minute spot kick perfectly inside the frame of the goal, however, after Cameron Ballantye had felled Jari Schuurman. McCrorie was equally helpless just before the break, when the retreating Aidan Nesbitt intercepted Bergwijn's cross, only for the ball to bounce off Scotland's No1 and into Nouri's path.

A post again came to the rescue of Scot Gemmill's side just after the break, Bergwijn once more denied, this time with a curling effort from the left. Bilal Ould-Chikh met the rebound, but McCrorie was well placed. He could do nothing to keep out Bergwijn just before the hour, though, the PSV Eindhoven forward's low shot sneaking into the corner via the aid of a deflection.

The woodwork had not been kind to the Dutch, but it came to their aid just two minutes later, Owobowale's fierce shot coming back down off the bar and landing over the line. Though Ryan Hardie then tested Van Osch with a header, Van der Moot's predatory late strike compounded the Scots' misery.