A goal in the second minute and another in added time got UEFA European Under-17 Championship elite round 3 hosts Greece off to a winning start against Latvia.
Roared on by a boisterous 1,500-strong home crowd in Komotini, including many schoolchildren, Greece went ahead on two minutes through Vangelis Anastasopoulos. Kostas Dermitzoglo clinched the points late on after a dominant performance.
Greece got off to a dream start when Anastasopoulos headed in a cross by Vassilis Karagounis. Latvia came close soon after when Reinis Flaksis's close-range header was saved by Stefanos Kapino, like Karagounis and Charis Mavrias part of Greece's finals squad last year.
After that Greece dominated, Mavrias a constant threat on the left, but they could not force a second before the break and continued in that vein following the interval. On a rare occasion Greece's defence was caught napping in the 61st minute, Valērijs Šabala missed an open target, and the lead was doubled when substitute Dermitzoglo picked up a loose ball in the box and shot in.
Mavrias, whose team play the Republic of Ireland on Friday while Latvia face Denmark, said: "It was a good match for us and a fair result. Our goal is to win the group and make it to Serbia."
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|1||Stefanos Kapino (GK)||12||Edgars Potapenko (GK)|
|2||Vassilis Karagounis||3||Endijs Šlampe|
|3||Nikolaos Simeonidis||5||Valdis Upmalis|
|5||Tasos Kantoutsis||6||Reinis Flaksis (C)|
|6||Manolis Siopis||7||Jans Bespjorstovs|
|7||Charis Mavrias (C)||8||Ilja Šadčins|
|14||Angelos Dimitriou||17||Ēriks Melbārdis|
|12||Lefteris Choutesiotis (GK)||1||Igors Zubarevs (GK)|
|4||Dimitrios Vosnakidis||4||Aleksejs Kozubs|
|15||Theodoros Papoutsogiannopoulos||15||Artūrs Blūms|
|17||Petros Divanes||18||Alekss Regža|
|Theodoros Pachatouridis (GRE)||Oļegs Blagonadeždins (LVA)|
|Ivan Kružliak (SVK)|
|Tomaš Somolani (SVK), Serhiy Bekker (UKR)|
|Oleksandr Derdo (UKR)|