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Day three at #U19EURO: Group A preview

France and hosts Greece are the early pacesetters in Group A and both will be looking to build on opening wins when they meet Ukraine and Austria respectively.

Austria coach Hermann Stadler during the defeat by France
Austria coach Hermann Stadler during the defeat by France ©Sportsfile

Matchday one results
Greece 2-0 Ukraine
Austria 0-1 France

Ukraine (0 points) v France (3) (18,00CET, Larissa)
Available after ban: Olivier Kemen, Neal Maupay (France), Beka Vachiberadze (Ukraine)
Misses next match if booked: Abdou Diallo, Kingsley Coman (France)

• Ukraine were 2-1 friendly winners against France last September, Artem Besedin (11) and Denys Arendaruk (35) securing victory in Serbia despite Moussa Dembele's second-half strike for France (69). France substitute Olivier Ntcham collected a 55th-minute red card.

• The teams at the FK Senta Stadium on 14 September 2014 were:
France: Grange, Toussaint, Diallo (Fulgini 46), Hernandez, Si Mohammed, Blin, Kilic, Ribelin (Ntcham), Honorat (Dembele), Cornet, Maupay.
Ukraine: Soldatenko (Bezruk 40), Osman, Kapilenko, Kyryukhantsev, Zotko, Lukyanchuk, Kvych (Luchkevych 46), Vachiberadze, Tsygankov (Matviyenko 83), Arendaruk (Zubkov 67), Besedin (Boryachuk 67).

Highlights: Austria 0-1 France

Coach Olexandr Holovko: "The tournament has just started. We will speak to the players, we will make our plans for the match against France and we will fight for our chances. There is time to turn this around despite our opening loss."

Coach Patrick Gonfalone: "We have to keep playing like we did against Austria but must make sure we lose the ball a lot less, and leave fewer gaps. We were a bit panicky at times in the first game and we need to be more composed – we need to show more solidity to play the way we want to. I'm not worried we didn't score more goals in the first match because we lacked a bit of sharpness. It's something we can put right in our next match."

Greece (3 points) v Austria (0) (21.00CET, Larissa)
Suspended: Petar Gluhakovic (Austria)
Available after ban: Lukas Tursch (Austria)

Philipp Malicsek reacts to Austria's opening defeat
Philipp Malicsek reacts to Austria's opening defeat©Sportsfile

• Greece and Austria played out a remarkable 4-4 Under-17 friendly draw in Athens on 27 February 1996, the hosts' goals coming from Apostolis Katsetis (52 59), Efthymis Koulouris (66) and Grigoris Toufas (73). Adrian Gribic (39 55pen), Daniel Ripic (57) and Sascha Horvath (74) scored for Austria.

• The teams were:
Greece: Soilemezoglou (Valisevski 49), Saliakas, Αrnaoutoglou (Toufas 49), Papaspyros (Velissaris 72), Ikonomou, Toumanidis (Vatousiadis 49), Kanavetas (Koutouzis 41; Fasidis 59), Staikos, Koulouris, Evmorfidis (Katsetis 49), Deligiannidis.
Austria: Schlager (Hartl 41), Lercher, Gluhakovic, Mathis (Ripic 41), Horvath, Bahtic (Tursch 41), Grbic, Pellegrini (Steiner 41), Peric, Probst (Zaunschirm 41), Zivotic (Mayer 58).

• The teams also met on matchday two of the 2007 finals, when Austria were hosts, drawing 1-1 in Pasching. Then, as now, Greece had won their opening match (1-0 v Portugal) and Austria had lost (0-2 v Spain). The point from the Greece game was Austria's only reward of the tournament as they finished bottom of Group A; Greece came second and went on to lose the final to Spain.

Greece celebrate during their victory against Ukraine
Greece celebrate during their victory against Ukraine©EPO

Coach Giannis Goumas: "We need to leave the win over Ukraine behind us and focus on the tough match against Austria, a side with very good players. With our game plan and our quick forwards we have legitimate hope for another positive result and an improved performance. We are on the right track and our aim to clinch qualification is feasible. We want the Larissa crowd on our side, we need their support and we will try to pay them back with our best display."

Coach Hermann Stadler: "We've proven time and time again that we're always able to bounce back from defeats and, if we succeed in getting the team fit and recharged again, then we still have a big chance of staying in this tournament. Our biggest strength is always our team spirit and the morale within the group is really first class. This is why I'm confident that we will be able to lift the spirits up again, clear our minds and then we'll try maybe to maintain or repeat the level of performance against Greece, but hopefully get a better result."

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