WU19 EURO matchday three: what to watch out for

Sweden and France battle for top spot in Group A on Tuesday, but the real focus in on the other section with all four teams still in the running for a semi-final berth.

England and Norway ahead of Leah Williamson's retaken penalty in April
England and Norway ahead of Leah Williamson's retaken penalty in April ©Getty Images

Group B: Norway v England (18.30CET, Ramla)
Previous WU19 EURO meetings: England won 4, Norway won 1, drawn 3
When these sides met in qualifying there were 123 hours between the start and end of the match after a disciplinary panel ordered a retake of a last-minute penalty. Leah Williamson scored to send England through with a 2-2 draw but that will not be enough this time after back-to-back defeats. England need to win by two goals and hope Germany lose to advance.

For Norway it is more complex: depending on what Germany do, they could be out with a victory but progress with a 1-0 defeat. "We can't affect the outcome of Spain against Germany so we will focus on England," promised coach Nils Lexerød, whose side stunned Germany 2-0 last time out. "England are a good team even if they haven't won yet."

Group B: Germany v Spain (18.30CET, Rishon Le-zion)
Previous WU19 EURO meetings: Germany won 4, Spain won 1, drawn 0
Germany have dominated this fixture over the years but Spain won when it mattered most, edging out the red-hot favourites in the 2004 final – only six days after losing 7-0 to the same opponents. Only a repeat of that heavy loss or worse can deprive Jorge Vilda's side a place in the last four after goal-difference enhancing wins against Norway and England.

Spain's 2004 vintage
Spain's 2004 vintage©Sportsfile

For Germany only a victory would guarantee progress, and coach Maren Meinert is not panicking yet after her side created 23 chances against Norway – luck, she feels, was just not on their side. "If we play the same then I believe it will be fine. We know that Spain might be the best in the group but we simply have to win."

Group A: Sweden v France (18.40CET, Netanya)
Previous WU19 EURO meetings: Sweden won 3, France won 1, drawn 1
France and Sweden are already assured of a top-two finish, and Les Bleuettes only need a draw to top the group on goal difference. Both sides are likely to rotate (France made six changes against Israel last time out) but after Stina Blackstenius's late goal took Sweden through to last year's finals at the expense of holders France there is added spice.

"It will be a tough match," said France coach Gilles Eyquem. "Sweden play very good football, show incredible organisation and shape, and are very rigorous in their approach. They have some excellent players." France will be eager to extend their run of five clean sheets this campaign while Blackstenius is one off matching the all-time WU19 EURO season record.

2013: France lift third U19 title
2013: France lift third U19 title

Group A: Denmark v Israel (18.40CET, Lod)
Previous WU19 EURO meetings: none
Israel are bottom of the group and must beat Denmark to climb to third but the hosts would possibly settle for a narrow loss and another breakthrough for the tournament debutants: "I just really want them to score," said coach, Guy Azouri. "They deserve it." Having largely held their own against Sweden and France nobody would begrudge them that.

Except Søren Randa-Boldt and his squad, that is. There was no hiding their frustrations on Saturday after failure to take late chances brought a premature end to their campaign. "Against Israel we want three points," said the coach. "We're not leaving here without them."

Matchday three is on Tuesday. Tickets cost 10ILS (€2.50) and are available either at the stadiums or via this link. The site is in Hebrew.

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