Full box for Portugal

Full box for Portugal

After two successes during the first two days of the UEFA European Under-19 Championship, the Portuguese managed all three assists on Sunday against Malta.

Three out of three. On the strength of their first two successes in the competition, the Portugal Under-19s managed to win their third meeting of the European Under-19 Championships, scheduled for Sunday against Malta. And if they face Tom Thumb of this edition, the men Joaquim Milheiro It was much more difficult than he expected.

Short success against Malta

As the third day of the group stage of the UEFA European Under-19 Championship approaches, everything has opposed these two countries. Portugal, the strong leaders of Group A with 6 points in two days, presented themselves as the favorites in the meeting, against the defeated Maltese at home in the first two matches of the competition. If this very favorable context for the Seleção gave the Portuguese coaching staff a reason to conduct a wide review of the squad for this meeting, the Portuguese had some difficulty in eliminating their evening opponents.

It all started perfectly. From the eighth minute of the match, Miguel Phil He had just scored his first goal in the competition, thus scoring a few points in the eyes of his coach. But opening the portuguese score didn’t really allow the device to start. Instead of that, Goncalo Esteves He and his colleagues were content to manage the pace of the meeting, without trying to really widen the gap.

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A strategy that led Portugal to a bad surprise. Twenty minutes left in the game, the Maltese striker Basil Toma He took advantage of a serious miscalculation by the Portuguese goalkeeper. Diogo Pinto, to achieve a tie between the two teams. Suspicion was thus able to settle with the observers, but it did not last long. After only four minutes, Portugal regained the lead in the meeting, and the second goal of the competition was inevitable Joao Vasconcelos.

A solid first position

So Portugal finished the group stage of the UEFA European Under-19 Championship with three victories in as many days. A brilliant performance, which allowed the Seleção to take a well-deserved first place in this group A. In the next group match, Poland and Italy were neutralized (1-1). A scenario that thus gives the Italians a tight qualification in the Euro U19 semi-finals.

Thus, at the head of their group, Portugal will face the second seed from Group B, while Italy will oppose the leader of the other group. With Greece already eliminated from the competition, Portugal and Italy will have to wait for their last Group B meeting to see who they face from Spain, Norway and Iceland on July 13, during the semi-finals of the competition.

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