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Group A coaches hail entertainers

Published: Friday 6 July 2012, 23.49CET
Spain, Portugal, Estonia and Greece provided plenty to entertain the crowds  at the UEFA European Under-19 Championship in Tallinn while coaches of all four found reason for optimism.
by Paul Bryan
from Tallinn
Group A coaches hail entertainers
Spain celebrate one of Jesé Rodríguez's three goals against Portugal ©Sportsfile
Published: Friday 6 July 2012, 23.49CET

Group A coaches hail entertainers

Spain, Portugal, Estonia and Greece provided plenty to entertain the crowds  at the UEFA European Under-19 Championship in Tallinn while coaches of all four found reason for optimism.

Following a dramatic day of action in which 11 goals were scored in Group A, Edgar Borges and Julen Lopetegui paid tribute to their sides for the attractive spectacle produced in Tallinn. Estonia's Arno Pijpers, meanwhile found some solace despite his side's exit from the tournament following defeat against Greece. 

PORTUGAL 3-3 SPAIN
Edgar Borges, Portugal coach
We have witnessed a great game between two good teams. It was a great spectacle with good football and a lot of emotion; it had everything you want. I am very happy and proud of my players because they always looked to get back on terms and they played a great match. I was happier with the quality of this game [than the last one against Estonia]. We were playing against the champions of Europe tonight but we don’t want to just say: 'Hey, we drew with Spain' – we want more. We are still looking to improve because for me it is important never to stop. Every training session we have has to be one step more on the road. 

Julen Lopetegui, Spain coach
It was a quality game of football and we were playing against a team who really know how to, and want to, play the game. The conditions tonight were perfect for a top-class match. My team showed tremendous personality and I am very satisfied. We had the chances to kill off the encounter but we didn't take them. We have taken one more point and we will look to build on that. My players are winners and they know that they have come away with a draw against a great side. They also know that they now need to ensure qualification [against Estonia on Monday].

ESTONIA 1-4 GREECE
Arno Pijpers, Estonia coach
I was very happy with the start of the game as we had a plan to be very compact. We didn't give away too many chances and even managed to create some ourselves. We had a problem from the moment our forward Brent Lepistu had to come off with an injury as it meant we lost some important experience. We gave a couple of goals away very cheaply. We thought there might be more in the game for us after the break but you see what happens when you open the game too wide against opponents at this level. We had to try to do something attacking. I was very, very happy with our goal but I was very, very unhappy with their fourth goal, which was a little naïve on our part. 

Kostas Tsanas, Greece coach
We have a very good team and showed part of our potential today, especially in attack, with several players getting on the scoresheet. Our aim was clear from the start: We wanted to win but we were playing against a team that was defending in numbers. It took us a while to find the way to break their resistance down. We put in a great effort and we were patient in our game; we were deserved winners. We are also delighted that we have qualified for the FIFA U-20 World Cup for the first time. 

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