The preliminary round at the U23 European Championship 2019 in Prague ended on Friday with four games. France clinched the fourth and last spot in the semifinals with an 8-2 win over Great Britain. They reached the semis as number-two seed from Group A and will face the Czech Republic, which won Group B thanks to a 10-1 rout against Belgium.
In the second semifinal Germany will take on Belgium. Defending champion Netherlands earned its first win of the tournament, edging out Germany 2-1 on a walk-off single in the seventh. In the fourth matchup on Friday Ukraine beat Croatia 9-2.
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