UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification
Friday 1 September 2017

Our own UK Cypriot Andreas Komodikis helped his Cyprus Under 21’s squad to register their first win against Malta, at the start of their qualification campaign for the UEFA European Under 21’s Championships, at the AEK Arena in Larnaca on Friday evening, 5 pm kick-off.

Midfielder Andreas Komodikis replaced Marios Ilias in the 46th minute to set-up second-half dominant spell…

Last month Andreas Komodikis made his debut call-up for the Under 21 team in a friendly against Moldova. The London Cypriot is signed to a three year deal with Cypriot First Division team Doxa Katokopias. Andreas Komodikis is QPR youth product and began his football career with Omonia Youth and also represented a KOPA League youth representative team when they travelled to Cyprus and played against the Cyprus national side.

The Cypriot side started much the brighter, taking the game to the Maltese players. Malta’s chance to score first on 24th minute was denied by a nice piece of intervention from Georgios Christodoulou, flicking the ball for a Maltese corner. The Cypriot’s best chance was a 29th-minute effort on goal by Nikolas Mattheou, which went wide of the Malta cross-bar. Cyprus created three chances in quick succession on the 31st-minute mark. The visitors were the team that struck first, however.

Maltese player Jean Borg headed in for them in the 33rd minute giving the away team the lead. Malta usefully exploited a corner which Andreas Christodoulou conceded while defending the Cypriot area. The hosts responded very quickly, scoring an equaliser in the 41st minute that levelled it to 1-1, with a goal by Rafael Anastasiou. It was set-up very nicely by a well-taken foul by Ioannis Pittas with the Cypriots now piling on the sustained pressure on Maltese goal itself.

Midfielder Andreas Komodikis replaced Marios Ilias in the 46th minute and the Cypriot team; looked strong and dominant at the start of the second-half. The Cypriots spent that half, pouring forward in numbers, looking for the decisive break, to win the game outright.

For Cyprus, their deserved victory had to wait till stoppage-time, thanks to a goal through Thodoros Iosifidis in the 92nd minute. Kyriakos Panayi converted a foul which sent the ball into the heavily congested Maltese penalty area – which Iosifidis latched on to, ensuring the Cypriots got off to a winning start. 2-1!! on the night…

The Cyprus Under-21 squad: Andreas Christodoulou, Andreas Karo, Christos Wheeler, Rafael Anastasiou, Panayiotis Artymatas, Kyriacos Panayi, Georgios Christodoulou (76′ Antonis Koumis), Constantinos Sotiriou, Ioannis Pittas, Marios Ilias (46′ Andreas Komodikis), Nikolas Mattheou (60′ Thodoros Iosifidis)

Cyprus will face Sweden with the away fixture on September 5. The other teams in group 6, Belgium versus Turkey, Hungary take on Malta.

Article written by London Greek Radio