And then there were four – England, Germany, Italy and Spain are through to the U21 EURO semi-finals. UEFA.com explains how the group stage unfolded.
It was the decisive night in Group C for Germany, Italy and the Czech Republic with two possible semi-final spots up for grabs. UEFA.com pans through the action in photo form.
The three group winners in Poland all clinched a place in the last four of the U21 EURO, but how did Germany pip Slovakia and Portugal for the last semi-finalist be decided?
Seventeen different players have been named man of the match at U21 EURO so far but only one has done it twice. Get the full rundown here.
Check out all the fixtures, venues and results for the 2017 U21 EURO which is taking place in Poland this month and plot your team's possible route to glory.
The U21 EURO semi-finals have been confirmed, with Spain playing Italy in a 2013 final rematch and England taking on Germany in a repeat of the 2009 decider.
Federico Bernardeschi's first-half goal earned Italy a 1-0 win that puts them into the semi-finals as Group C winners, with Germany also through as best runners-up.
Kenneth Zohore struck two and set up another as eliminated Denmark bowed out on a high in Tychy, winning 4-2 to ruin the Czech Republic's ambitions of a last-four spot.
Cristiano Ronaldo has now registered 75 international goals, taking him alongside Sándor Kocsis in second place on the list of Europe's all-time top scorers. Only Ferenc Puskás lies ahead.
Denmark spoiled the opening-day party of 2015 hosts the Czech Republic – and will be out to bow out with another victory when the teams meet again on matchday three in Group C.
Despite boasting 11 Under-21 final appearances between them, Italy and Germany have met only once in the competition, Germany looking for a repeat of their 2009 semi-final win.
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Portugal were searching for the big victory that could help them join Spain, who were eyeing a third straight section win, in the semi-finals. We relive the Group B deciders.
Portugal beat FYR Macedonia 4-2 to move onto six Group C points but fall short of overhauling Slovakia in the race to finish as the best runners-up and are therefore out.
Stand-in captain Denis Suárez struck seven minutes before half-time as a much-changed Spain side recorded a third successive Group C win to move into the semi-finals in style.
Italy coach Luigi Di Biago has seen"desire in the eyes of my players", while Germany are playing the role of the underdog and the Czech Republic have belief in the race to top Group C.
The UEFA European Under-19 Championship take place in Georgia from 2-15 July; get the inside line on the tournament and the eight teams involved by reading the official programme.
Ajax are in a group including Standard Liège while fellow newcomers Shelbourne face a short trip across the Irish border to take on Linfield following the UEFA Women's Champions League qualifying round draw.
The UEFA Champions League group stage and qualifying rounds will feature a host of players currently in action at the Under-21 finals – here's the pick of those to look out for.
It is exactly a decade since this photo was taken in the aftermath of the Netherlands' second successive U21 EURO triumph. We look at the quartet in it and ask what happened next?
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