2022/23 Under-19 EURO elite round latest: Norway, Portugal qualify
Saturday, March 25, 2023
Norway and Portugal are the first of the group winners who will join hosts Malta in July's finals.
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The UEFA European Under-19 Championship elite round runs until Tuesday, with the seven group winners to join hosts Malta in the finals from 3 to 16 July.
In the elite round, the 27 teams that emerged from the qualifying round join top seeds Portugal, who enter at this stage. And Portugal clinched first place in Group 4 with a gane to spare on Saturday to book their berth in Malta, while Norway are also through after ensuring top spot in Group 1.
Elite round groups
Also in group: France (hosts), Romania, Northern Ireland
Group 2: Germany (hosts), Slovenia, Belgium, Italy
Group 3: Ukraine, Spain (hosts), Denmark, Luxembourg
Qualified: Portugal (hosts)
Also in group: Czechia, Sweden, Croatia
Group 5: Republic of Ireland (hosts), Greece, Estonia, Slovakia
Group 6: Serbia, Poland (hosts), Israel, Latvia
Group 7: England (holders/hosts), Türkiye, Iceland, Hungary
• The group winners qualify to join hosts Malta in the finals.
Meet the teams
• England beat Israel in the 2022 final to win their second U19 title (third including the previous U18 EURO). France and Italy were beaten semi-finalists with hosts Slovakia, Romania, Austria and Serbia also involved in the finals. Israel and Serbia drew 2-2 in the group stage while France beat Romania 2-1.
• Other former U19 champions (since 2001/02) involved in the elite round are Spain (8 titles), France (3), Germany (2), Italy (1), Portugal (1), Serbia (1) and Ukraine (1).
• Spain are aiming to extend their record (shared with France) of qualifying 12 times since the switch to U19 classification.
• Denmark, Iceland, Latvia and Luxembourg are aiming to join Malta in making their U19 finals debut. Estonia and Northern Ireland have only ever previously competed in the finals as hosts.