England lead qualifying charge

Last season's runners-up England were among the teams to progress to the second qualifying round on Saturday while holders Germany are all but through.

The two qualifying slots in six groups were decided on Saturday as 40 teams played their second match in the first qualifying round of the UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship, while Finland also progressed from groups which are yet to be settled, with holders Germany also on the verge of progress. In addition to the top two nations in each group, the two third-place finishers with the best records against the leading pair in their respective pools will also advance to December's second qualifying round draw.

Group 1
The 2007 hosts Iceland maintaine their 100 per cent record with a 4-1 win against Greece, having previously defeated Romania 4-0. Romania could yet progress too after getting their campaign back on track with today's 2-0 triumph against Portugal - joining the hosts on three points. Iceland meet Portugal in the decisive final round, and Romania tackle Greece.

Group 2
Austria defeated Turkey 3-2 to move on to six points from two games as the side they beat in their opening match, Bulgaria, overcame Poland by an identical scoreline today. The section will be decided on Tuesday, when Austria need a point against Poland to be sure of a qualifying berth, and Bulgaria meet Turkey.

Group 3
Hungary and Sweden both progressed on Friday, meaning first place will be on offer when they meet on Monday. Click here to read more.

Group 4
Russia, the 2005 winners, were pushed all the way by Northern Ireland but emerged 2-0 winners to progress along with Italy after they beat Israel 5-1. Tuesday's fixture at the Krasnoarmeysk Stadium will decide whether it is mini-tournament hosts Russia or Italy who win the pool.

Group 5
Finland built on their opening 8-0 success against Estonia by defeating Belarus 3-0 in front of 1,500 fans in Minsk, leaving their vanquished opponents in third after Serbia beat Estonia 5-1. A point against Finland will be enough for Serbia to join them in the next stage, but if they lose it could let in Belarus as they tackle Estonia.

Group 6
The inaugural winners in 1998, Denmark struck ten goals without reply against Latvia in Kresevo, moving them on to six points and into the next stage where they are joined by Belgium following their 6-0 win against Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Group 7
Scotland defeated Azerbaijan 3-0 and Ukraine overcame Armenia 2-0 to progress. Scotland lead the pool on goal difference.

Group 8
The Republic of Ireland and Switzerland moved into unassailable positions in the top two with comfortable weekend victories. Switzerland beat Croatia 6-2, while Ireland struck five past Slovakia. Ireland coach Susan Ronan said: "We have a very important game against Switzerland on Tuesday with the possibility of going into the next round as a seeded team, if we perform against the Swiss like we did today, I would be confident that we will beat them, however, we came to Slovakia to qualify and we did that with a game to spare."

Group 9
Having won the last two titles at this level, Germany underlined their strength with a 12-0 success against F.Y.R. Macedonia, but are not yet through as the Czech Republic beat Wales 3-2. Still, only a 12-goal loss to Wales would deny Germany progress, while the Czech Republic, in second, meet F.Y.R. Macedonia.

Group 10
Like Germany, the Netherlands have scored 18 goals and conceded none in two games - including eleven without reply today against Moldova. Joining the Oranje in the second qualifying round are Norway, whose goal difference of plus 17 after defeating Slovenia 3-0 means an entertaining finale is in prospect when they meet the Netherlands on Tuesday for first place.

Group 11
Spain continue to be among the goals, too, scoring 12 without reply against the Faroe Islands following an opening 14-0 victory against Lithuania, who were defeated 10-0 by England. The 2007 runners-up will need to beat Spain to wrest top spot off them, although qualification is assured for both teams.

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