Tuesday, 30 September 2008

19-U Junior miss European Championship finals *late news

Steyr (AP) - The German football juniors have asked the 19-U European Championship in Austria missed the finals. The team of coach Frank Engel subject in the semifinal with Greece 2:3 (1:1) ..

The 15-year title dry spell could thus not be stopped. Almost 2000 spectators in the stadium next Steyr reached by Sotiris Ninis (40 minute), the former Mönchengladbacher Kostas Mitroglou (58.) and Andreas Lampropoulus (89.) hit for the Greeks, Änis Ben-Hatira (25./65 . / Foul penalty) met for the DFB-Elf meets Greece in the finals to Spain, the Iberians sat down with 4:2 after penalty shootout against France through.

"This is obviously very disappointing for us. The defeat is very painful, especially since the Greeks fußballerisch were not stronger, "said DFB coach Angel after the game," but we are still below our possibilities and our days have not found this form. "

In the fourth game in eight days, the German selection, despite some weak players in top occupation muster. With an offensive Ausrichtungübernahm the DFB-Eleven's initiative against the primarily on Torsicherung bedachten Greeks and came through Manuel Konrad and Sebastian Tyrala to first opportunities. But after a see-alone succeeded in the Hamburg Ben-Hatira the leadership hit with a shot into dielange corner. Even before the interval whistle succeeded the Greeks after one of their few chances of compensation than other inadvertent Ninis in the German defense to the 1-1 advantage.

The hit gave the Greek team a boost. The former Mönchengladbacher Kostas Mitroglou reached after 58 minutes with a curious up the 2:1 for his team, after the space reference against Vassilis Pliatsikas after an hour in sub-figure had to act. A controversial penalty, the Ben-Hatira in the 65th Transformed minutes, brought the DFB selection back into the game. In the exciting final phase succeeded Lampropoulus hit the victory for Greece

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