The lineup for the UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship second qualifying round is taking shape after 16 sides progressed, led by free-scoring Norway and holders England.
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The lineup for the UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship second qualifying round is beginning to take shape after 16 sides progressed on Monday, led by holders England.
Slovakia's Dominika Škorvánková became the first player to register against England in ten competitive matches, but two goals from Laura Coombs helped the Group 6 hosts through to the next stage with a 3-1 win. It is only enough for second in the section, however, and England must beat Norway in the final round of fixtures on Thursday to take top spot after Jarl Torske's charges boosted their goals tally with a 12-0 victory over Belarus.
Norway's strikes were spread among nine scorers – including two Belarus own goals – but there were five hat-tricks elsewhere, Ellen Jansen securing her second three-goal haul in three days in the Netherlands' 7-0 triumph over Lithuania. She may have her work cut out if she is to make it three in as many outings as Poland are next up and, in Sylwia Gorbacewicz, they possess an in-form striker of their own having mustered five of their six unanswered goals against Israel.
Progress for the Group 5 rivals is assured, yet it is still all to play for in five of the eleven sections. Sweden need a point against already-qualified Czech Republic to guarantee their place in the second qualifying round draw at 09.30CET on 11 November in Nyon. Group 11 perhaps promises the most exciting conclusion as, with no team yet through, Switzerland, Iceland and Romania approach the final round of games with hopes still alive.
Through to the second qualifying round:
Republic of Ireland