Austria´s U-19 youngsters beat Romania
Getting closer to the great dream coming true! Austria´s U-19 team beats also Romania and is determined to win the elimination finals for the European U-19 championship.
It is the second victory in the second game of the elite round for Austria´s U-19 squad. After its 3-1 opening victory against Slovakia Rupert Marko´s squad confirms its strong performance with a 4-0 victory against Romania.
Dominik Prokop, having already scored for Austria against Slovakia, scored two goals in the first half. It was after the 35th minute that the Romanians had to play short-handed after Cristian Manea had been sent off after seeing the yellow-red card.
After the half-time break and after good work from Arnel Jakupovic it was Philipp Malicsek, who decided the match by scoring the third goal. It was Jakupovic again, who successfully scored a penalty kick to make it the final result of 4-0. A foul had been committed on Benjamin Kaufmann in the penalty area before.
For Austria´s U-19 a draw in the last match against the Czech Republic on Tuesday (29th March, 6 p.m., Gleisdorf) would definitely mean the qualification for the U-19 championship in Germany (between July 11th and 24th). For the Austrian Football Federation ÖFB this would be the third consecutive participation in a European U-19 championship. Apart from the German host team only the seven winners of the elimination finals are qualified for the U-19 finals in July.
“The lads played very well. The performance of the whole team was earnest, focused and professional. The substitutes did a good job as Xaver Schlager and Stefan Posch were missing due to one-match bans. Now we are facing a decisive final match against the Czech Republic to qualify for the U-19 European championship. This has always been our goal. And that´s what we´ll be working for in the next two days. We´ll do all we can to regenerate in the best possible way“, says team coach Rupert Marko.
Currently Austria´s U-19 is leading the table with the maximum of 6 pts, followed by Slovakia and the Czech Republic with 3 pts each. Romania has not scored any points so far.