Greece Under-21 side send Czechs packing

Greece Under-21 side send Czechs packing


Greece U21 3 - 0 Czech Republic U21
Limnios 7'
Manthatis 31'
Saliakas 52'

Greece made it two wins out of two in European Championship qualifying after comfortably dispatching the Czech Republic 3-0 on Tuesday with an impressive display at the Xanthi FC Arena, despite playing most of the second half with 10 men after Kostas Galanopoulos was sent-off.

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Antonis Nikopolidis’ Group 1 leaders, who were 4-0 winners against San Marino four days ago, got off to a perfect early start when PAOK midfielder Dimitris Limnios opened the scoring in the seventh minute, converting Giorgos Manthatis’ pass.

Olympiacos midfielder Manthatis then got on the scoresheet in the 31st minute, netting from a great pass by PAOK striker Efthymios Koulouris as Greece looked to kill the game off.

Galanopoulos was given his marching orders just four minutes into the second half after picking up a second yellow card, but that did not stop the dominant home side from scoring again shortly afterwards in the 52nd minute.

The goal came after the Greeks were awarded a penalty when Limnios was fouled by Czech defender Michal Sacek. Kououris stepped up to take the kick, which was saved by visiting keeper Jindrich Stanek. Manthatis fired the rebound off the bar but lucky for Greece Saliakas was on hand to fire the second rebound home to make it 3-0.

The Czechs enjoyed a spell of pressure in the final 15 minutes but it wa not enough to yield a goal as a strong home team completed their sixth victory of the campaign - a result which keeps Greece three points clear of Croatia at the top of the standings.

by Graham Wood
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