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Germans and Dutch progress

By Laure James

Germany and the Netherlands have each booked their places in the semi-finals after topping their groups in the UEFA Women's Under-19 Euros.

Northern Ireland's draw put Germany top after they defeated Spain 2-0 at Shamrock Park.

The Germans took the lead on 25 minutes when the hard-working Laura Freigang teed up Luca Maria Graf to drive a low shot past the flailing hand of Spain keeper Noelia Ramos.

Dina Orschmann profited from a goalkeeping error when her speculative free-kick rolled past a stranded Ramos, caught well off her line.

The Netherlands ran out 2-0 winners against England, Aniek Nouwen scoring early after a well-taken corner by Quinty Sabajo, before Joelle Smits doubled shortly before half-time, leaving England having to beat France on Monday.

Italy watched an early 1-0 lead evaporate as France annihilated them 6-1. Mathilde Bourdieu got a hat-trick, while Emelyne Laurent, Agathe Ollivier and Christy Gavory got on the scoresheet, in a match which every substitute scored.

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