U-19 youngsters go to European Championship
Victory also against the Czech team! After winning all three games in a row Austria´s U-19 squad has qualified for the European Championship in Germany.
U-19 booking ticket for European Championship
In the last match of the elimination finals Austria´s U-19 squad beat the Czech team 3-1, which means they will definitely participate in this year´s U-19 European Championship in Germany (July 11th – 24th). Before this final match Rupert Marko´s team had already beaten Slovakia and Romania. This is the third time in a row that Austria´s U-19 squad has qualified for the European championship finals. Austria has won this elite round with the maximum of 9 points. Only the winner of each of the seven elimination finals gets to go to the European Championship finals. Next to Austria and the German host team the teams of England, Croatia, Portugal and France have already definitely qualified for the championship finals so far.
“I am very glad for the lads. For four years we have been working hard to achieve this goal, the youngsters have followed their path persistently and have succeeded. I congratulate them on this success, they have played a fantastic tournament”, is what the overjoyed team coach Rupert Marko said after the match.
It was in the 34th minute when Dominik Prokop scored the leading goal after goalkeeper Paul Gartler had saved for his team a couple of times before. After change Matej Pulkrab could equal the score. Lorenz Grabovac scored the 2-1 after two Czech players had been sent off the field within two minutes (yellow-red cards). In the 84th minute Stefan Posch scoring the 3-1 finally decided the match in Austria´s favour.
Austria vs. Czech Republic 3-1 (1-0)
Gleisdorf, attendance: 1,100
Referee Sergei Ivanov (RUS)
goals: Prokop (34), Grabovac (78), Posch (84); Pulkrab (55)
Austria´s team played with:
Gartler; Gmeiner, Maranda, Peric, Fila (69. Kaufmann); Krainz, Schlager, Posch; Ph. Malicsek (85. Gashi), Jakupovic (65. Grabovac), Prokop
Yellow-Red cards: Chalus (65./CZE), Pulkrab (67./CZE)
Red card: Mihálik (89./CZE)