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Armenia may yet spring a surprise

By Graham Luney

sportseditor@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

23 July 2005

UEFA U-19 CHAMPIONSHIP

GROUP B of the UEFA European Under-19 Championship is finely balanced ahead of tonight’s decisive games.

France, Norway, England and Armenia all believe they can reach the semis.

Armenia take on France at Mourneview Park while England face Norway at the Newry Showgrounds (both 7pm).

A place in the final for Armenia would be a remarkable story.

Although Samuel Petrosyan’s team are bottom of the group, victory over France together with a positive result in the other match will send them through.

France are sitting pretty at the top following their 3-1 win against Norway at Windsor Park on Wednesday.

However, Tor Ole Skullerund’s side are breathing down their necks, only a point behind.

Both France and Norway just need a point to keep their championship hopes alive.

England were disappointed after being held 1-1 by Armenia and now they must conquer Norway to stay in the tournament.

Coach Martin Hunter said: “We know we must beat Norway to qualify for the semi-finals. It’s in our own hands.”

France’s Yohan Gourcuff and Borko Veselinovic of Serbia and Montenegro are the joint leaders of the top scorers’ chart, having registered three goals apiece so far.

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