SPORTS

Greece U19 start Euro finals with a 1-0 win

Greece’s Under-19 soccer team started well in the final phase of the European Championship in Austria, beating Portugal 1-0 yesterday. Nikos Nioplias’s boys dominated the game and scored after an excellent solo effort by Sotiris Ninis and a left-footed shot from Elin Dimoutsos after 52 minutes. Goalkeeper Apostolis Androutsos made two great saves in the last half hour to ensure his team’s victory. The Greeks’ next opponent will be hosts Austria tomorrow. A top-two finish in the group that also includes Spain will take Greece to the semifinals of the championship.