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Belgium and Slovenia share Group 8 spoils

Thorgan Hazard inspired Belgium to edge out section hosts Slovenia for first place in qualifying Group 8, the leading pair proving too strong for Wales and Scotland.

Belgium's Thorgan Hazard scored three goals in Slovenia
Belgium's Thorgan Hazard scored three goals in Slovenia ©Getty Images

Belgium and mini-tournament hosts Slovenia earned their places in November's elite round draw after coming out comfortably on top in UEFA European Under-19 Championship qualifying round Group 8.

Thorgan Hazard, the younger brother of LOSC Lille Métropole playmaker Eden Hazard, proved to be the star of the mini-tournament, scoring three times as Belgium beat Wales 3-0 and Scotland 3-1 either side of a goalless draw against the hosts. Slovenia trailed Scotland in their opening game but struck back after the break in Bistrica to win 2-1, Matej Pučko hitting the winner, and it took a goal from captain Nejc Praprotnik to earn them a 3-2 win against Wales on the final day.

Scotland finished in third place thanks to a 3-1 win against Wales on matchday two. The seven sides who come through the elite round will join hosts Estonia at next summer's final tournament from 3-15 July.