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Victory For Vellios

by Daniel Alston @efc_danalston

Apostolos Vellios helped Greece Under-21s end their European Championship qualifying campaign with a 1-0 win over neighbours Cyprus on Monday.

With the group already effectively wrapped up and neither side able to reach next year's tournament, it was all about pride for the neighbouring nations.

Blues forward Vellios came on for Dimitris Diamantakos on the hour mark and helped to turn the game for the Greeks.

Just four minutes after his introduction, Giannis Potouridis grabbed the only goal of the contest to secure third place in the group for Antonios Nikopolidis' side.

Meanwhile, Johan Hammar put in a man of the match performance to help Sweden Under-19s to a 2-2 draw with neighbours Norway.

The Swedes fought back twice to restore parity - with the hosts taking the lead midway through each half.

Muamer Tankovic made it 1-1 before half-time, before Dino Islamovic levelled in the 89th minute to give both sides a share of the spoils.

Gethin Jones captained Wales Under-19s as they suffered a 3-1 defeat to Germany in Kiel.

The Blues youngster started the friendly, but his side fell behind after just 18 minutes.

Forward George Williams briefly evened the scoring, before the Germans netted again either side of the interval.

Deadline day signing Matthew Kennedy was back in Scotland with his nation's Under-19s as they faced the Netherlands in Falkirk.

The teenage winger played the opening 73 minutes of the Vauxhall Challenge Match as the Oranje ran out 2-1 winners.

Wales and Sweden Under-19s meet next month as the European Championship qualifying campaign gets underway, while Scotland's group is made up of Armenia, Switzerland and Romania.

Shane Duffy was suspended for the Republic of Ireland's Under-21 triumph over Italy.

The Boys In Green ended the game with nine men, but were still comfortably victorious in a dramatic 4-2 win.

Click here to find out which Everton players will be in international action on Tuesday.

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