Euro 2012 Under-19 Qualifiers Update: Greece Continues Impressive Play

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Euro 2012 Under-19 Qualifiers Update: Greece Continues Impressive Play
HÃ¥vard Nielsen of Norway handles the ball

Two groups are currently active in the qualifying stages for the 2012 edition of the Under-19 European Youth Championships, which will be hosted by Estonia. Groups 4 and 10 are the active sides; here are the results from the October 23rd fixture date and the schedule for October 26th, the final fixture in the group stages.

 

Group 4:

After the first fixtures, Latvia seemed to be in good shape as they were two-nil victors over Iceland, while Norway got a goal from Henrik Kjelsrud Johansen in the 90th minute to ensure a point and a 3-3 draw with host Cyprus.

Match-day two pinned Norway against the Latvian side while Cyprus took on Iceland. Norway took the match, convincingly, two-nil, while Cyprus once again gave up a lead and settled for another point and a 1-1 draw.

During the final match-day, all teams will have a shot at finishing in the top two in the group and moving on to the Elite Round. Cyprus faces Latvia while Iceland takes on Norway. Here's the latest table:

Team Wins Draws Losses Goals For Goals Against Goal Differential Points
Norway 1 1 0 5 3 +2 4
Latvia 1 0 1 2 2 0 3
Cyprus 0 2 0 4 4 0 2
Iceland 0 1 1 1 3 -2 1
Armenia's Hovhannes Hovhannisyan of Armenia gets past the keeper to score against Slovakia

 

 

Group 10:

Coming off a thumping ten-nil victory over minnow Andorra in the first fixture, Greece faced off against Armenia, the hosts, who were tied for the group lead after defeating Slovakia 2-1 in their first match.

Needing a win to stay in contention for a shot in the Elite Round—and to maintain their pride—Slovakia sneaked out a one-nil win over Andorra thanks to a fourth minute strike by Filip Orsula.  However, Slovakia may be concerned about their narrow margin of victory against an inferior side.

Meanwhile, in the premier game of the group, Greece got an early goal before conceding to Armenia to tie it up. The tie was short-lived as Greece took the lead just two minutes later and hung on for a 2-1 victory.

The final match-day will pin Greece against Slovakia while the Armenians will host Andorra. Based on Greece's dominant performance in the tournament's first two games, one assumes they should come out victors.  The same can be said for Armenia against Andorra. Here's the Group 11 Table:

Team Wins Draws Losses Goals For Goals Against Goal Differential Points
Greece  2 0 0 12 1 +11 6
Armenia  1 0 1 3 3 0 3
Slovakia  1 0 1 2 2 0 3
Andorra  0 0 2 2 11 -11 0
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