The first team to make sure of their place in the August and September tournament were Spain. After enjoying wins against France (2-0) and Ukraine (3-1) in their opening group games, a goalless draw with Germany was enough to take them to the finals. Germany, however, must play-off for a place against the Netherlands on Thursday.
France's youngsters were forced to endure a nervy wait following their match against Ukraine before being certain of a trip to the Far East. Goals from Yann M'Vila and Thibault Bourgeois put Les Mini-Bleus in a great position, but they were pegged back by an Artur Karnoza free-kick and a late header from Dmytro Korishko. However, thanks to Spain's 0-0 draw with Germany and their 2-1 victory against Paul Schomann's side in their previous group match, qualification was assured.
It went right down to the wire in Group B too, as hosts Belgium, England and the Netherlands were left to battle it out for two places. During the course of the evening, each team dropped out of contention for an automatic spot at one stage.
The main drama came in Tubize where England were playing the Netherlands. After missing an early penalty, the young Lions recovered and went 2-0 ahead thanks to goals from Henri Lansbury and Victor Moses. Luciano Narsingh pulled one back for the Dutch nine minutes before half-time and Luis Pedro scored an equaliser four minutes after the restart.
With Belgium comfortably defeating Iceland by five goals to one in Tournai, England looked to be heading out of the competition until Moses grabbed a second ten minutes later. With the Netherlands pouring forward in search of an equaliser, John Peacock's side made the game safe in injury time when substitute Tristan Plummer nodded the ball home at the far post to put the game beyond doubt.