Euro Under 19 Qualification Update: Armenia Continues Success

Michael KarapetianContributor IIOctober 21, 2011

After the most successful qualification campaign by the senior national team for Armenia, their youth sides have continued to have their fair share of success.

The Under-21 side is currently tied with the Czech Republic in their Euro 2013 qualification campaign. The Under-17 side defeated Wales—then-ranked 17 in Europe—3-2 after initially trailing 2-0. They ended up losing 2-1 to the Serbians, ranked 11th, to set up a chance to move on with a victory over Lithuania and a Serbia draw or victory against Wales.

In the midst of all of this, the nation was selected to host Group 10 for the 2012 Euro qualifiers for the Under-19 sides. Joining the Armenians are Greece, Slovakia and Andorra with the first fixtures having taken place earlier today and the next two scheduled for October 23rd and October 26th.

Armenia was slated to open up qualifiers against Slovakia and were victorious 2-1 with Hovhaness Hovhannisyan, of Pyunik Yerevan FC, scoring both for the home side. Jakub Vojtus had a beauty of a consolation goal for the Slovakian side.

In the other match in the group, the Greeks thumped minnow Andorra by a final tally of 10 goals to none, with seven different players having put one behind the net. Greece and Armenia will face off next, with Slovakia taking on Andorra.

Final match day sees the Armenians taking on Andorra with Greece and Slovakia facing off. The top two teams from each group move on along with the highest ranking third-place side.

Teams that have already qualified to the "Elite Round" include host nation Estonia along with England, France and Spain, all of which received a bye. Bosnia & Herzegovina and the Republic of Ireland advanced from Group 2. Romania and Italy advance from Group 3; Germany and Montenegro from Group 7; Belgium and Slovenia from Group 8; Denmark and Austria from Group 12.