Day five at #U19EURO: Group A preview

France are already through and will win the section if they avoid defeat against Greece, who themselves need a point to beat Austria to the runners-up spot.

France coach Patrick Gonfalone
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Matchday two results:
Ukraine 1-3 France
Greece 0-0 Austria

Group A standings

Matchday three permutations
France are in the semi-finals. Will win group if they avoid defeat against Greece; will finish second if they lose.
Greece will finish second if they draw against France and win the group with a victory. Defeat would mean they could be overtaken by Austria for second place.
Austria need to win and hope Greece lose to France; second place would then be decided on goal difference (currently Greece +2; Austria -1). Will finish third with a draw or fourth if they lose.
In the event that Greece and Austria have the same number of points, same goal difference and same number of goals scored, article 16.01 paragraph g of the regulations, lower disciplinary points, will apply. Current ranking: Greece 2 points, Austria 3 points.
Ukraine will finish third with a win or fourth if they do not.

France (6 points) v Greece (4) (20.00CET, Katerini)
Suspended: none
Available after ban: none
Misses next match if booked: Abdou Diallo, Olivier Kemen, Samed Kilic, Kingsley Coman, Neal Maupay (France); Kostas Tsimikas, Zisis Karachalios (Greece)

Highlights: Greece 0-0 Austria
Highlights: Greece 0-0 Austria

History
• With an 80th-minute goal, Manolis Saliakas seemed to have given Greece a 2-1 win against France when the teams met in the 2012/13 European U17 Championship qualifying round – but two minutes into added time, Gnaly Cornet equalised for Patrick Gonfalone's France. The Greece team also included Konstantinos Kotsaris, Efthymis Koulouris and substitute Paschalis Staikos; Florian Escales, Nicolas Senzemba, Abdou Diallo, Samed Kilic, Kingsley Coman, Neal Maupay and Olivier Kemen, a substitute, featured for France.

• Greece and France drew 0-0 in a U19 friendly in Veria on 13 November 2014. The teams were:
Greece: Kotsaris, Saliakas, Oikonomou, Vatousiadis, Karachalios (Neumann 67), Manthatis (Vasaitis 80), Koulouris (Regkakos 80), Tsimikas (Kyriakopoulos 80), Orfanidis (Tzanoulinos 67), Bastakos (Papaspyros 57), Tsolakidis (Fasidis 67).
France: Escales, Fulgini, Diakhaby, Diallo, Niakhate (Hernandez 46), Kemen (Blin 60), D'Arpino (Lecygne 70), Araai (Nnomo 45), Cornet (Lea Siliki 60), Boga (Do Couto Teixeira 70), Guirassy.

Ukraine are determined to finish with a win
Ukraine are determined to finish with a win©Sportsfile

France
• Coach Patrick Gonfalone: "We struggled in the second game and I hope we get better as quickly as possible – if we don't, it's going to be very difficult for us as the tournament goes on. We've got six points but we've won those with our heads rather than our legs. We need to be fresher to produce our best football."

Greece
• Coach Giannis Goumas: "This is a final for us. Qualification is in our hands and everything will depend on our efforts. As ever, our main objective before a match is to win it. However, if we're in a position where we have a draw that also sees us through, we won't take unnecessary risks. France have a great squad, they've already proved that, but we must not be intimidated. We also have a strong side and we're capable of adapting to the requirements of this crucial match."

Ukraine (0 points) v Austria (1) (20.00CET, Veria)
Suspended: none
Available after ban: Petar Gluhakovic (Austria)
Misses next match if booked: none

Highlights: Ukraine 1-3 France
Highlights: Ukraine 1-3 France

History
• This will be the teams' first competitive U19 fixture. Austria were 2-1 winners against Ukraine at the 2004 European U17 Championship, their sole competitive match at that level.

Ukraine
• Coach Olexandr Holovko: "We played fairly well against France, but we lost the ball in midfield a lot and that cost us. Now we'll introduce players who didn't get to play in the two previous matches, so that everybody has experienced the finals. We expected more, but our work doesn't stop with the last game. We're determined to defeat Austria and leave on a positive note. We have to work hard and perform well in the next match – that has always been our motto and it doesn't change now we are out."

Austria
• Coach Hermann Stadler: "Goalscoring has been our main problem, but I wouldn't be doing my job if I didn't believe we could qualify. We still have three points to play for in our final match and we'll fight with all we have to get those – then we need France to help us if we are to advance."

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