|Under 17s: Czechs and Hungary pip Georgia|
|Written by Lasha|
|Monday, 29 September 2008 12:10|
The Czech Republic and Hungary moved through from UEFA European Under-17 Championship qualifying round Group 3 after negotiating the mini-tournament unbeaten.
A 0-0 draw between the Czech leaders and hosts Hungary on Matchday 3 ensured both teams avoided a loss as they look ahead to the Elite round in spring. Georgia's 1-0 win against Bosnia-Herzegovina today means they still have a hope of progress as one of the two third-placed teams with the best record against the leading pair in their group across the 13 sections.
It took the Czech Republic two minutes to break the deadlock in their opener against Bosnia-Herzegovina through Jan Mikula and Václav Kadlec made it 2-0 14 minutes later. Srdjan Grahovac pulled one back early in the second half but it proved only a consolation. Georgia made a bright start against Hungary with a 15th-minute Irakli Sheqiladze goal, and he struck again early in the second half not long after Norbert Angyal had equalised. However, with 14 minutes left Angyal scored his second to earn a 2-2 draw.
Two days later Georgia again held a half-time lead against the Czech Republic through Sheqiladze but Mikula equalised two minutes after the restart. And although Giorgi Chanturia restored the Georgian advantage in the 62nd minute, Frantisek Dvorák quickly levelled and Kadlec won the game 3-2 in injury time. It was a similar story in the other match, as a last-gasp Csaba Ponczok goal gave Hungary a 1-0 win against Bosnia-Herzegovina that took the Czech Republic though. Hungary then took the point they needed against the leaders to progress, but Nika Dzalamidze's winning goal for Georgia against Bosnia-Herzegovina gives them a hope of joining them though most the groups are still to be completed.