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Ten to watch from the Under-19 finals

Published: Monday 25 July 2016, 9.00CET
UEFA.com picks out ten talents who have caught the eye at the Under-19 finals in Germany, including top scorer Jean-Kévin Augustin and France team-mate Kylian Mbappé.
by Andrew Haslam, Elvir Islamović, Matthias Rötters & Daniel Thacke

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Road to the final

The UEFA European Under-19 Championship consists of three distinct stages: the qualifying round, the elite round and the final tournament.

Qualifying round
The qualifying round, played in autumn, is made up of 13 groups of four teams playing in one-venue mini-tournaments. The top two from each progress.

Elite round
In the elite round, played in the spring, those 26 qualifiers join the top two seeds, given a bye, in seven mini-tournament groups of four. The group winners then join the hosts in the finals.

Final tournament

The seven qualifiers plus the hosts are split into two groups of four who play each other once, with the top two progressing to the semi-finals. The winners of those ties contest the final.

Further details, including the criteria for separating teams that finish level on points in a group, or after extra time in a match, can be found in the official competition regulations.

Published: Monday 25 July 2016, 9.00CET

Ten to watch from the Under-19 finals

UEFA.com picks out ten talents who have caught the eye at the Under-19 finals in Germany, including top scorer Jean-Kévin Augustin and France team-mate Kylian Mbappé.

Jean-Kévin Augustin (France)
The Paris Saint-Germain forward led the line for France with aplomb, and linked up with Kylian Mbappé to good effect. Having scored five times in the qualifying round, he drew a blank in the next stage but was quickly back among the goals in the tournament itself, scoring in all three group games, including an expert hat-trick against the Netherlands. His stunning opening goal in the final made it a record-equalling six for the tournament.

Steven Bergwijn (Netherlands)
The dynamic PSV forward burst into the tournament with two fine goals in the Jong Oranje's 3-1 win against Croatia. Comfortable on either flank, the goals dried up thereafter but the 18-year-old's pace and power ensured no defence could relax when he was on the field.

Josip Brekalo (Croatia)
Wolfsburg's new signing was his team's most dangerous player, breaking down the left to good effect while also looking to cut inside at every opportunity. Fast and excellent on the ball, he scored Croatia's first goal of the tournament and was always looking to be involved.

Federico Dimarco (Italy)
Italy's game revolved around exploiting set pieces, and the Internazionale full-back was the key component. Converted penalties against Germany, Portugal and in the semi-final against England, when he also curled in a wonderful free-kick to take Italy into the final. 

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Portugal's Diogo Gonçalves

Diogo Gonçalves (Portugal)
Quick of mind and fleet of foot, Gonçalves was a constant menace for Portugal in the No10 role. The Benfica youngster caught the eye in group stage draws with Austria and Italy, knitting his side's counterattacks together with an awareness and intelligence that belied his years.

Manuel Locatelli (Italy)
Dimarco's set-piece sidekick, the AC Milan midfielder – summed up by his captain Filippo Romagna in one word: "Quality" – made Italy tick from the middle of the pitch. Most eye-catching moment was a fabulous free-kick goal against Austria.

Kylian Mbappé (France)
Formed a deadly partnership with Augustin, the pair scoring all eight of France's group stage goals between them. Turned in a virtuoso performance in the semi-final defeat of Portugal, setting up the first goal for Ludovic Blas and scoring the next two himself.

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Germany's Phillipp Ochs is mobbed after scoring against the Netherlands

Phillipp Ochs (Germany)
The Hoffenheim midfielder's most eye-catching performance came in the group stage defeat by Portugal, when he managed a hat-trick. Possesses a technique like few other players at this tournament and was also on target in the FIFA U-20 World Cup play-off against the Netherlands. Having scored twice from the spot against Portugal, there was no question he would convert his penalty in that shoot-out.

Xaver Schlager (Austria)
The heart of Austria's team, strong in both attack and defence. The Salzburg midfielder put in his best performance on matchday two against finalists Italy, where he scored Austria's goal and seemed to have a private duel with opposing goalkeeper Alex Meret in the closing stages.

Dominic Solanke (England)
Already well-known thanks to his UEFA Youth League exploits, the Chelsea forward formed a potent combination with Isaiah Brown and scored against both France and the Netherlands in the group stage.

Last updated: 25/07/16 9.26CET

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