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Netherlands hit five past England to reach quarter-finals while Belgium see off Greece

It was a busy day of action in the Uefa U17 European Championships across the country.

Naci Unuvar celebrates scoring the Netherlands' fifth goal at Tolka Park.
Naci Unuvar celebrates scoring the Netherlands' fifth goal at Tolka Park.
Image: Donall Farmer

THE NETHERLANDS BOOKED their place in the quarter-finals of the 2019 U17 European Championships on Monday evening with a 5-2 victory against England.

The holders provided an impressive display. Adouble from Brian Brobey as well goals each for Naoufal Bannis, Sontje Hansen and Naci Unuvar secured the defending champions’ passage at Tolka Park, having twice come from behind.

France only need a point in their final group game to follow suit. They overcame Sweden 4-2 at Tallaght Stadium thanks to a hat-trick from Adil Aouchiche and a late fourth from Georginio Rutter with ten minutes to go.

Ireland were held 1-1 in by Czech Republic, with Andrew Omobamidele’s 88th-minute equaliser earning the Boys in Green a crucial point.

Meanwhile in Group A’s other game, Belgium took a massive step towards the last eight with a comprehensive 3-0 win against Greece at Longford’s City Calling Stadium.

Chris Kalulika broke the deadlock after 21 minutes, before a second-half brace from Thibo Baeten put the game to bed.

Ireland currently sit second in Group A on two points, likely needing to defeat group leaders Belgium on Thursday evening in Tallaght for Colin O’Brien’s U17 side to go through to the quarter-finals for the third year running.

Uefa U17 European Championship results:

  • Netherlands 5-2 England 
  • France 4-2 Sweden
  • Belgium 3-0 Greece
  • Ireland 1-1 Czech Republic

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