Turkey join Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Nigeria 2009 following a late victory over England. Furkan Seker's 74th minute strike means that John Peacock's side, who only required a draw to book a place at the finals, miss out along with France. Both Les Mini-Blues and Three Lions reached the quarter-finals of the FIFA U-17 Korea 2007, but will have to wait a further two years to try and emulate those achievements on the world stage.
For the majority of the match at in Gotha, Germany, it seemed as though a 0-0 draw would be the most likely outcome, but the introduction of Baris Yardimci had an immediate impact. His left win cross was met by the sliding Furkan who steered the ball past Samuel Johnstone. The goal rocked England, who struggled to mount a meaningful attack in the closing stages.
While Turkey left it late, undoubtedly the in-form team during the group stage of the UEFA U-17 Championship were Germany, who were the only team to enjoy a 100 per cent record in the group stages. In their first match, they gained a 3-1 win over the Turks, which was swiftly followed by a 4-0 victory over the winless English and signed-off their Group B games with 2-0 triumph over the Netherlands. The Dutch, meanwhile, were grateful to the 2-1 win they enjoyed over Turkey on 9 May which was ultimately enough to secure their passage.
It was a defeat on the final day of the group stage which sealed France's fate, as they too missed out on a place in Nigeria. A 2-1 victory was enough for Italy to leapfrog the French, who held eventual group winners Switzerland to a 1-1 draw in the opening match. Group A witnessed four draws in its six games, but arguably the most decisive result was Switzerland's 3-1 win over Italy, which ultimately decided the fate of the group.