Serbia secured a first-ever U17 EURO semi-final place with a win over Denmark while Portugal defeated Spain to join France and the Netherlands in the last four in Israel.
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Serbia secured a first-ever U17 EURO semi-final spot thanks to a 2-1 defeat of Denmark on Thursday and now face the holders, the Netherlands. Portugal defeated Spain by the same scoreline to set up a last-four meeting with France.
Jan-Carlo Simić got an early opening goal in Nes-Ziona, and though Emil Højlund levelled shortly after the interval for the Group D winners, the prolific Jovan Milošević scored his fourth goal in as many final tournament games to take Radovan Krivokapić's side through.
Javier Boñar's mistake helped Afonso Moreira open the scoring for Portugal in Netanya, and though the Spain captain equalised, José Rodrigues' second-half penalty took Portugal through.
Knockout rounds all times CET
Quarter-finals (25/26 May)
Germany 1-1 (3-4 pens) France
Netherlands 2-1 Italy
Spain 1-2 Portugal
Denmark 1-2 Serbia
Semi-finals (29 May)
SF1: France vs Portugal (Netanya, 16:30)
SF2: Netherlands vs Serbia (Netanya, 20:00)
Final (1 June)
Winner SF1 vs Winner SF2 (Netanya, 18:00)
France recovered from missing their first two penalties to defeat Germany 4-3 in a shoot-out on Wednesday and become the first team through to the last four. The holders, the Netherlands, also went through after seeing off Italy, the nation they defeated in the last two finals.
Denmark produced a stunning second-half display to hand Portugal a first defeat of the final tournament and clinch a quarter-final berth. Third in Group D at the start of the game at the Ramat Gan National Stadium, Denmark claimed the victory and, more significantly, the winning margin they required to pip Sweden. Though Sweden defeated Scotland 1-0 to finish level on six points with their Scandinavian neighbours and Portugal, the trio's three-way head-to-head record meant Denmark finished top of the group followed by their Matchday 3 opponents.Where to watch the games: TV/streams
Spain had already earned their place in the quarter-finals before they drew 1-1 with Serbia – the point took Serbia through as Group C runners-up and meant Belgium's 3-1 defeat of already-eliminated Turkey in Nes-Ziona was not enough to secure them a last-eight berth.
Germany booked a quarter-final tie against France as a 3-0 defeat of Israel took Marc-Patrick Meister's squad through as Group A winners and dashed the hosts' qualification hopes. Israel would have missed out on the last eight anyway as Italy secured runners-up spot thanks to their 1-0 defeat of Luxembourg.Group stage standings
The Netherlands handed France a first defeat of the group stage to earn themselves top spot in Group B and a quarter-final meeting with the Azzurrini. France finished runners-up, while Poland and Bulgaria both picked up their first points of the campaign in a 1-1 draw.
Denmark picked up their first points thanks to a 3-1 defeat of Scotland. In the same section, Portugal maintained their perfect start via a 4-2 victory against Sweden. In Group C, Serbia saw off Turkey 2-1, and Spain secured a top-two finish with a game to spare thanks to a 2-0 defeat of Belgium.
Yoram Boerhout hit an added-time winner for the Netherlands against Poland and France defeated Bulgaria 4-0 as both maintained perfect starts in Group B. Germany also kept up a 100% record in Group A following their 3-0 defeat of Luxembourg, and Italy collected their first points with a 1-0 defeat of the hosts.Where to watch the games: TV/streams
Portugal produced a statement-making performance in their Group D opener by sweeping aside Scotland 5-1, while Sweden overcame Denmark 2-1. Spain began positively too, kicking off with a 2-0 defeat of Turkey in Group C, where Serbia and Belgium drew 1-1.
In Group A's opening fixtures, Germany won 3-2 against Italy and hosts Israel downed Luxembourg 3-0. France set the tone in Group B with an eye-catching 6-1 victory against Poland, and there was also an opening triumph for the Netherlands against Bulgaria.