There were mixed fortunes on Tuesday evening as Joe Adams (Wales) and Gustav Mogensen (Denmark) helped their respective nations progress to the elite round in qualifying for next year’s UEFA Under-19 Championships.
It was not such a positive evening for Simon Andersson and Fredrik Hammar, though, as they missed out on qualification for the tournament in Northern Ireland next summer as Sweden slipped to defeat against Ukraine.
Adams’ Wales have been in excellent form of late having won two of their three matches in the international break. Rob Edwards’ side ran out 2-0 winners over Kosovo, with Adams playing the whole match at Rodney Parade as Nico Williams and Harry Pinchard found the net to ensure progression to the elite round as they sit top of Group 5.
It was to be a positive night for Denmark too as they confirmed qualification for the elite round with a 1-0 win over France. Gustav started the match and played the full 90 minutes as Gustav Isaksen’s sixth minute goal was enough to ensure that the Danes finished top of the group, whilst France qualified in second and Finland claimed a best third-place finish.
Simon Andersson played the full 90 minutes for Sweden with Fredrik Hammar not involved in the match day squad against Ukraine.
For the Swedes it would be disappointment as they were unable to qualify with a record of one draw, one win and one loss, as their fate was confirmed with a 2-1 defeat at home to Ukraine. It was the away side who started the brighter as they raced ahead through Danylo Sikan on six minutes before he netted his second a couple of minutes before the break. Jack Lahne did pull a goal back in the second half but they were unable to find their way back into the match.