Finland made a perfect start to the UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship after beating Belgium to top spot in first qualifying round Group 3.
Finland made a perfect start to the UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship after beating Belgium to top spot in first qualifying round Group 3 in Tallinn.
Both of the top two have reached the U19 finals in the past and victories against Estonia and the Faroe Islands on the opening matchdays set up a Sunday decider for the one automatic place in the second qualifying round. Finland had the clear goal difference advantage, but made sure with victory as they led 2-0 at the break and after Belgium pulled one back, Hanne Ojanperä secured a 3-1 win to ensure her team joined Germany in the last 16 next spring.
They had always looked on course after beating Estonia 12-1 and the Faroe Islands 9-0 in their opening matches, while Belgium defeated those teams 5-1 and 4-0 respectively. Belgium will now hope to be one of the six runners-up in the ten groups with the best record against the teams places first and third, that latter position taken by the Faroe Islands 1-0 against Estonia. However, with two groups complete Belgium rank behind Norway. Group 4 involving Ukraine, Slovenia, Iceland and Latvia runs from Monday to Saturday.