Hungary and Serbia have qualified for the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015 on Friday, joining Portugal, Austria, Germany and Ukraine as Europe's entrants into the competition, which were determined by the ongoing UEFA European Under-19 Championship. Hungary booked their ticket to New Zealand after beating Israel 2-1 in Budapest. The win sees the hosts finish third, with Portugal topping the group ahead of Austria, while Israel end the competition in fourth.
The game's three goals came within 14 first-half minutes, Dor Hugy's 36th-minute strike for Israel was sandwiched between Zsolt Kalmar and Norbert Balogh 25th and 39th-minute finishes in what was a frenetic first 45 minutes. Israel fought valiantly to find a way back in the second-half but the hosts were too strong defensively and celebrated with their supporters at the final whistle, having booked a trip to Oceania next year.
Serbia needed a last-gasp, 90th-minute winner from Stanisa Mandic to edge Bulgaria 1-0. The win put Serbia in second place in Group B behind Germany and one point ahead of Ukraine, while Bulgaria - like Israel - exit the tournament in fourth without a point.
In what was a very tight match-up with good chances for both sides, Mandic was on the receiving end of a desperate long ball with only a few seconds remaining. The No9 controlled well and was able to slot past Aleksandar Lyubenov and send Serbia into Monday's semi-finals where they will face Portugal and Germany will take on Austria as the top four sides battle to be named Europe's top U-19 team.