Greece U19 Thrash Finland to Keep Hopes Alive for Euro 2017
EURO U19 2017 - ELITE QUALIFYING ROUND (GROUP 1)
|Greece U19||4 - 1||Finland U19|
|Kampetsis 48', 90'+2'
|Eremenko (p) 18'
The Greek U19 National Team came back to defeat Finland 4-1 and are back in the hunt to qualify for Euro 2017.
After a 2-0 defeat to Ukraine in the opening group fixture, Greece U19 knew that today’s match against Finland was a must win game to keep their hopes alive for a place in the Euro 2017 Finals.
Things did not go according to plan as Finland took the lead in the 18th minute when Retsos committed a penalty on Lappalainen and from the spot, Eremenko gave Finland the lead.
Greece responded with big chances to pull level, however Limnios, Evangelou, and Bouzoukis were unable to find an equalizer.
At the start of the second half, Giannis Goumas subbed on Kampetsis and three minutes later the Olympiacos player scored to pull Greece level. The goal gave Greece momentum and in the 62nd minute, the comeback was complete as Pavlidis put Greece ahead with his effort.
Greece held onto the their 2-1 lead and in the final minutes of the match they not only secured the victory, but scored two IMPORTANT goals which could prove to be key in a possible tiebreaker scenario in the final group standings. Vrousai sealed the three points with his 88th minute goal and the substitute Kampetsis struck again in second half stoppage time giving Greece the 4-1 win.
The win moves Greece up to 3 points and their goal differential at 1. In the other group match, Holland defeated Ukraine 2-0 and moved up to 6 points while Ukraine remain on 3 points. Only the group winner will qualify for the Euro 2017 finals.
On the final matchday, Greece will face Holland while Ukraine play Finland. For Greece to qualify for the next round, the Ethniki Neon will need to defeat the Netherlands and hope Ukraine drop points against Finland.
If both Greece and Ukraine win, there will be a three way tie between Greece, Netherlands, and Ukraine. The first tiebreaker will be goal differential taking into account only the games between the two teams and as you can see there are multiple scenarios as to who can progress. Greece will claim top spot if they defeat the Netherlands by three goals or more and the Netherlands will claim top if they lose by one goal to Greece. If Greece wins by two goals, then the next tiebreaker will be goals forced taking into account the games between the three teams. Complicated at best....
The final matchday will be on Tuesday, March 28th.