The Belgian voetbaljongens under 17 years of age have Thursday in the Croatian port of Rijeka make their third and last qualifier on the eliteronde for the european CHAMPIONSHIPS later this year in England (4-20 may), with 1-2 win in Croatia. The Belgians end up second in group 2 with four points. That might be enough for EK-participation, since seven of the eight school years known as seconde place themselves for the final round. In the six of the other seven groups is the eliteronde, however, only the coming weeks finished, so the wait is for the boys of coach Thierry Siquet.
Largie Ramazani (19.), attacker of Manchester United, and Luke Lissens (59.), midfielder of Anderlecht, made for the Belgian to score goals. The host country could only mitigate from the dot. Hajduk Split defender Mario Vuskovic (67.) put the end position is fixed to 1-2. His fellow defender Marko Putnik (Rijeka) was awarded in added time for a second yellow card.
Earlier in the eliteronde came the young Devils no further than a 1-1 draw against Cyprus and a 1-0 defeat against Sweden. In the final standings of group 5, Sweden (5 pts) as group winners sure of EK-participation. Belgium (4) must still wait and see, Cyprus (3) and Croatia (2) are turned off.
In the first qualification phase, the men of coach Thierry Siquet a perfect report (9/9), against Switzerland, Northern Ireland and Malta.
The eliterondes consist of 32 countries divided into eight groups of four teams. The eight group winners and seven best school years known as seconde go directly to the CHAMPIONSHIP. The sixteenth ticket goes to the host country England.