Dimitris Giannoulis and Dimitris Limnios shone for Greece and Sverrir Ingi Ingason featured for Iceland, while the PAOK members of the Greek youth team qualified for the Elite Round of the European Championships. Paokfc.gr brings you a round-up of the results and performances of the club’s internationals who were on duty this past week.
Greece’s new lease of life under new coach John van ‘t Ship gathered further momentum against Armenia and Finland, and Giannoulis and Limnios were one again two of the key protagonists. Both players started and fully justified the faith shown in them by the Dutch technician. Indeed, the 1-0 victory away over Armenia came by virtue of a Limnios goal, his first for the national team, following Giannoulis’ assist, and both players put in excellent performances in both matches. Alexander Paschalakis remained an unused substitute for both games.
Ingason played the full 90 minutes of Iceland’s 2-1 win at Moldova, and 1-2, and watched on from the bench as his teammates secured a 0-0 draw against Turkey. Iceland finished third in their group behind France and Turkey the French and Turks and above the Albanians who ended their campaign with a 2-2 draw with Andorra and a 2-0 defeat by France, with Enea Mihaj an unused substitute or both matches.
Omar El Kaddouri did not feature in Morocco’s goalless draw with Mauritania in the 2021 African Nations Qualifiers, while Giannis Michailidis was an unused substitute in Greece Under-21’s crucial victory over Scotland which sent them to the top of the group stage standings in the European Championship.
Douglas Augusto made his debut with the Brazilian Under-23 side in the friendly against the USA, while he was an unused substitute for the match against Argentina in an international tournament held in Spain.
Greece’s Under-19 team failed to qualify for the Elite Round of EURO 2020. A loss to Belgium due to a late goal in added time meant that Greece finished in third place in Group 4. Greece had beaten Albania 5-1 and lost 5-2 to Iceland. Christos Tzolis played in all three games.
The Greek Under-17 team qualified for the Elite Round of EURO 2020 with three wins out of three in their qualifying Group 9. A 6-1 win over Azerbaijan, was followed by a 5-1 victory over Kazakhstan. Greece then defeated Germany 2-0 in their final match. Giorgos Koutsias scored four goals and Vasilis Kitsakis scored one. A total of six PAOK players were included in the squad: Koulierakis, Karakoutis, Kitsakis, Koutentakis, Koutsias and Tsikos. The next phase will take place in March 2020, while the finals will be held in Estonia from May 21 – June 6.