Euro under-19s: Manchester United wonderkid defeated by Chelsea and Manchester City stars

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Manchester United's highly rated Mats Moller Daehli had an evening to forget in the European under-19 championships.

The European under-21 Championships is not the only international tournament taking place at present, for the European under-19 competition is in it's preliminary stage.

It is called the Elite Stage, but really it boils down to qualifiers, with only seven teams progressing to the tournament proper, plus the hosts, which will take place in Lithuania this July.

Only one team from each group qualifies, meaning there is no margin for error among the competing teams.

While England were eliminated last week, a number of groups only got underway today - including Group 5, which includes Germany, Holland, Norway and Cyprus.

Germany ran out comfortable 3-1 winners in their game against Cyprus, but the match between Holland and Norway was an all together more competitive affair.

There was a big Premier League interest, with a cross Manchester clash existing between the two teams.

Manchester United's Mats Moller Daehli was in action for Norway, an 18-year-old who won the Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year Award last season at the club, and who has been praised by compatriot and club legend Ole Gunnar Solksjaer.

In the opposing Holland line-up, Manchester City's Karim Rekik captained the side, forming a central defensive partnership with Chelsea's Nathan Ake.

For United and Norway's Daehli, it was not a game to enjoy. He was booked early in the first half and substituted after just 57 minutes, appearing to be suffering with a knock.

After 18-year-old went off, Norway took a lead 11 minutes later when the Chelsea-Manchester City defensive axis of Ake and Rekik was breached.

Both Ake and Rekik have played first team games for their clubs this season, with the former featuring in Chelsea's Europa League winning campaign.

They left the game as winner after Holland fought back to claim a 2-1 win, with Feyenoord striker Anass Acharbar netting an 84th minute winner.

There are two games remaining which take place on Friday, with Holland facing Cyprus and Norway trying to cause an upset against Germany.

Only a win will do for Daehli's Norway, with only the top team qualifying from each group. He will hope he can seize that chance to make more of an impact.

For Ake and Rekik, it is likely to come down to a decider against Germany next week. If Holland are victorious it will mean they will be engaged on international duty in mid-July, missing part of pre-season with their clubs, but long-term for their development - the chance to impress in one of Europe's top international tournaments will be equally as positive.

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