France will compete in the finals of the UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship for the second year running after a goalless draw against the Netherlands.
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France will compete in the UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship finals for the second year running after securing their place in Nyon with a 0-0 draw against the Netherlands.
The Dutch second qualifying round Group 4 hosts trailed France by a single goal at kick-off last night after both sides had beaten Wales and 2008 bronze-medallists Denmark. France, who were runners-up in the inaugural competition last season, were put under pressure but deployed defender Saïda Akherraze in a holding midfield role and goalkeeper Pauline Peyraud-Magnin stood firm. With ten minutes left the Netherlands lost captain Larissa Wigger to a second booking. France will compete with three nations to be decided at the finals at UEFA's Swiss hometown from 22-25 June.
"Those girls were fighting until the last," said Netherlands coach Maria van Kortenhof, whose team also missed out 12 months ago after a 0-0 draw against England. "Unbelievably, it was the same scenario as last year. They were there until the end, though." Denmark finished third after drawing 1-1 with Wales. The remaining groups will be contested between 5 and 14 April.