Euro U17 2023: Poland plays Germany; holders France take on Spain in semifinals
France U17 have reached this stage for the third consecutive time
Poland, Germany, Spain, and France make it to the semifinal stage of the UEFA Euro U17 championship (Euro U17 2023). The Polish side will face the Germans in the first semifinal. Spain will take on the current title holders, France. These teams will face each other on 30 May.
16 teams participated in the event, and these are the four remaining teams that will contest for the Euro U17 2023 title. The teams were divided into four groups, and the top two teams made it to the quarterfinals. Groups A and B have one representative each, and Group C has two representatives remaining in the tournament. Here is a look at the journeys of the remaining four teams.
Poland topped Group A with six points. They won their first two matches by scoring five goals each in both matches. Their defence leaked four goals in these games. In the final game of the group, Poland lost 3-0. In the crucial quarterfinal match, Polan defeated Serbia in a thrilling contest. The Polish team won by a margin of 3-2.
This was their fourth appearance in the Euro U17. Poland have reached the semifinal stage once in their history. They will look to achieve more success in this tournament.
Filip Rejczyk: The 17-year-old midfielder has been the creative force in the team. He scored the winner for Poland against Serbia. Rejczyk has scored one goal and has provided two assists.
Mateusz Skoczylas: He is just 16 and has scored three times in the tournament. Skoczylas has also provided an assist.
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The Germans will play Poland and they are the favourites to make it to the finals. After topping Group C with three wins, the Germans defeated Switzerland on penalties. In the group stage, Germany scored ten goals and conceded one. The quarterfinal match ended in a 1-1 draw. In the end, Germany U17 won 3-2 in the penalty shootout. This is Germany’s first Euro U17 semifinal appearance since 2017.
Robert Ramsak: Bayern Munich‘s youth product is in fine form in front of the goal. He has scored three goals in the tournament and also convert a crucial penalty in the penalty shootout.
Noah Darvich: The attacking midfielder has added two goals and assists each to his name in the tournament.
The defending champions will face Spain in the second semifinal. France U17 lost their first match against the Germans. They qualified with four points and were level on points with Portugal. A superior goal difference took them to the next stage of the competition. France U17 scored and conceded five goals each in the group stage.
France U17 earned a crucial 1-0 win over England in their quarterfinal. The match went down the wire before France were awarded a penalty in the 89th minute. Mathis Lambourde converted the penalty to take his side to the semifinals. They have won the competition three times.
Fode Sylla: He has the most goal contributions for his country this season. This Lens youngster has scored a goal and provided an assist in the championship.
The Spanish youngsters will be aiming for their fourth Euro U17 title. Spain topped their group unbeaten and with seven points. They scored six goals and conceded three. Their semifinal match ended 3-0. These Spanish youngsters play for Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich, and a few other big clubs.
Marc Guiu: Barcelona’s youngster has scored four goals in the tournament. He will be eyeing the Golden Boot.
Lamine Yamal: Another Barcelona youngster who is driving Spain to another title. He has scored three goals and created two.
These four teams have a huge task in hand in their respective semifinals. Spain U17 and Germany U17 are the favourites to go to the finals. England U17 takes on Switzerland U17 for fifth place.
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