#WU19EURO: France and Netherlands complete semi-final line up

England goalscorer Ebony Salmon and Belgium’s Sari Kees. (Photo: www.jamesprickett.co.uk)

Netherlands netted four against Scotland to set up a semi-final with Germany, France went through to face Spain despite three equalisers by Norway and England finished on a winning note.

UEFA WU-19 Championship

GROUP A:

Doorn hits late double for Dutch

Centre-back Lisa Doorn scored both the Netherlands’ second-half goals despite a spirited response from Scotland, after the Dutch had hit them with wave upon wave of attacks in the first 45 minutes.

A crowd of 1,126 at St. Mirren Park saw Jamie-Lee Napier threaten to take advantage of an early defensive error hut 10 minutes in Lynn Wilms turned in the opening goal and then Marisa Olislagers struck a half-volley home from just inside the area.

Substitute Lauren Davidson connected well with an effort on goal, before Doorn lofted the ball over a crowded six-yard box for 3-0 and the same player lobbed Sophie Allison from a tight angle off another corner.

France share six goals with Norway

Norway came from behind three times to draw 3-3 with France, Emilie Bragstad scoring twice and substitute Sara Hørte netting an 89th-minute equaliser.

Lorena Azzaro, Vicki Becho and Melvine Malard were all on target for France, 15-yeard-old Becho becoming the youngest WU-19 EURO scorer since 2008.

GROUP B:

Salmon seals points

England completed their campaign with a 1-0 victory over Belgium at McDiarmid Park, Ebony Salmon’s effort enough to win the game.

Belgium’s Zenia Mertens and Jessica Park of England. (Photo: www.jamesprickett.co.uk)

Salmon burst down the left and cut inside past Sari Kees to firing into the net midway through the first half.

Jessica Park twice went close to doubling the lead in the first half and after the interval was denied by save from Femke Bastiaen.

The subsequent corner was bundled home from close range – only for referee Ewa Augustyn to chalk it off for a foul on the keeper.

Lea Cordier’s long-range hit forced England’s Emily Ramsey into a tip over the bar, while Molly Pike headed against the crossbar and hooked the rebound straight at Bastiaen.

Germany top table

Spain and Germany had both already booked their last-four berths before meeting at Stirling Albion FC.

A goalless draw meant that the Germans finished on top of the group.

Semi-Finals – Thursday 25 July : 

Germany v Netherlands (Partick Thistle FC, 4pm)
France v Spain (St Mirren FC, 7.30pm)

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