UEFA Under-17 Championship: Remaining semi-final spot at stake on Thursday

UEFA-Under-17-Malta2014-logoThe remaining semi-final spot will be determined on Thursday as the final matches from the group stage will be played at the Hibernians Stadium and National Stadium.

So far, England and the Netherlands qualified from Group A while Portugal secured a place in the semi-finals from Group B.

In Group A, England take on the Netherlands at the Hibernians Stadium while Turkey face Malta at the National Stadium, both matches kicking-off at 11:00.

Both England and the Netherlands won their first two matches and therefore this direct clash will determine which team will reach the semi-finals as group winner and face the runner-up of Group B. A draw would be enough for England since they hold a better goal-difference.

After scoring its first goals in a 2-5 defeat to the Netherlands, Malta hopes to end their commitments with a good performance against Turkey.

In Group B, Portugal take on Germany at the National Stadium while Switzerland face Scotland at the Hibernians Stadium. Both matches kick-off at 18:00.

Portugal lead the way with six points, followed by Scotland on three, Germany and Switzerland on one.

Scotland, Germany and Switzerland all stand a chance of reaching the next stage. In the case of Germany and Switzerland, even a win may not be enough depending on the goal-difference.

For Portugal, a draw with Germany would be enough to win the group but even a defeat would keep them top should Scotland fail to beat Switzerland. Germany and Switzerland need to win to maintain hopes of qualifying while Scotland could qualify with a draw.

Tickets for Turkey vs Malta and Portugal vs Germany will be available from the West C ticket-booth at the National Stadium while tickets for England vs Netherlands and Switzerland vs Scotland will be available from the Hibernians Stadium Entrance A ticket-booth.