UEFA Under-17 Championship: Switzerland, England and Germany reach finals

UEFA-Under-17-Malta2014-logoSwitzerland, England and Germany were the last three teams to book a place in the 2013/14 UEFA Under-17 Championships, joining the Netherlands, Scotland, Portugal, Turkey and hosts Malta.

In Group 1, a goal five minutes from time enabled Switzerland to beat Spain 1-0 and qualify for the finals, therefore eliminating Spain and holders Russia. Switzerland ended their commitments on 7 points, followed by Russia and 5 and Spain on 4.

The Swiss had defeated Wales 1-0 and drew 1-1 with Russia in the previous matches while Russia drew 1-1 with both Spain and Switzerland before beating Wales 2-0 on Monday.

England emerged as winners in Group 4 after defeating Italy 2-1 to end their commitments with maximum points after defeating the Czech Republic and Albania 1-0. The Czech Republic finished second in the group after beating Italy 2-1 and Albania 2-0 after the defeat to England in their first outing.

Germany won Group 5 thanks to a better goal-difference than Serbia as the direct clash between the two ended in a 1-1 draw which saw both teams ending their commitments with 7 points. Germany had beaten Georgia 4-0 and Ireland 3-0 while hosts Serbia beat Ireland 2-1 and Georgia 2-0.

In Group 7, after beating Latvia and Ukraine with an identical 3-0 score, Portugal registered another 3-0 win over Iceland to end the mini-tournament with maximum points ahead of Ukraine.

The UEFA Under-17 Championship finals will be held in Malta between the 9th and 21st May. The draws will be held on April 9 at St. James Cavalier, Valletta. In the draw, to be made by UEFA Youth and Amateur Football Committee chairman Jim Boyce and tournament ambassadors Fr Hilary Tagliaferro and David Carabott, Malta – hosting and taking part in their first final tournament at any level – will be classified as team one in Group A and the other seven countries will be picked out without further seeding.