Netherlands U17’s have qualified for the European Championships qualifying elite round after coming through the first group stage.

  • By Michael Bell
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net u17 dhdhThe young Dutch side went into the final group game against Switzerland still unsure of qualification after the opening 2-1 defeat to Wales which was followed by a 5-0 win over Albania on Saturday, but a 4-1 win saw Netherlands qualify top of the group.

Netherlands tasked was made easier when Switzerland were reduced to ten men on 22 minutes after Bertelli was shown a red card, and after 44 minutes Feyenoord forward Dylan Vente opened the scoring.

Vente added a second ten minutes later after being put through by Feyenoord teammate Tahith Chong, and it was 3-0 on 64 minutes thanks to a goal from Fernando Obispo.

Four minutes before the end Vente completed his hat-trick, but there was to be no clean sheet for Netherlands as Hajrizi pulled back a consolation.

Netherlands U17’s will now be top seeds in the draw for the Elite round of qualifying which takes place early next year.

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