Greece get Euro preparations off to good start

May 20th, 2008 - 3:06 pm ICT by admin  

Athens, May 20 (DPA) Defending champion Greece got their Euro football championship preparations off to a good start with a 2-0 friendly victory against Cyprus in Patras. Greece, who sensationally won the 2004 Euro in Portugal, dominated the game in front of 22,000 fans Monday .

18-year-old talent Sotiris Ninis was the best player for his side and scored the opening goal in the fifth minute. Kostas Katsouranis scored the second on the hour from the penalty spot.

Greek coach Otto Rehhagel gave six under-21 players a chance to play as several first team regulars were missing from the squad.

Greece will be playing a friendly against Hungary in Budapest before embarking on a training camp in Germany. The team will travel to Austria on June 3 for the competition, where they will face Sweden, Russia and Spain in Group D.

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