Moissac: Quarter-finals in the heart of the Portuguese community

Moissac: Quarter-finals in the heart of the Portuguese community

Football matches between France and Portugal are always very intense, as we saw at the O Bom Tacho restaurant in Moissac (Tarn-et-Garonne) on Friday, July 5, 2024.

There is an activity on Friday evening, July 5, La République Street in Moissac, in front of the O Bom Tacho Portugues restaurant, this establishment that for two years has been offering a small piece of Lusitania to about 1,600 Moissagay of Portuguese origin, mainly from the Barcelos region, in the north of the country (these details were provided by President Adriano).
Portugal face the formidable France in the quarter-finals of the Euros, their true home. The match is obviously being televised indoors, but for now, customers are enjoying the nice weather on the balcony. Adriano tried to choose a Portuguese channel to replay the broadcast, but he didn't succeed and gave up, and in the end, BeIN Sport will be the lucky one.


At the time of the anthems, the room begins to fill with voices singing the popular song “Portuguese”. We sit, focused, drinks in hand, the confrontation is about to begin. The match is balanced, both teams return blow after blow. A few teenage girls wearing the colors of the “Seleção” come to add more spirit, and little by little, imperceptibly, the room fills up. The minutes pass and the scoring opportunities continue to fail on either side. It creates a bit of a debate: isn't the icon Cristiano Ronaldo too big? Isn't this tournament too much? The atmosphere becomes heavy, almost unbreathable. Portugal finish the match strongly, we go up to the room, pushing our fillies in red and green, but Mike Maignan, the French goalkeeper, works miracles in front of his cage, and remains clean.

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Tension, excitement, then panic.

Then follows the final drama of the penalty shootout. The French are not cowering, clinically. They are in the quarter-finals. The disappointment is strong here this evening, but we are taking it philosophically. Sandra, behind bars, is disappointed but not exhausted: she will be supporting France against Spain in the next round.
His companion Adriano is still disappointed, and will be loyal to Roja. Joaquim, who came from La Française to support his team, offers us a drink. Come on, it's not the end of the world, it's still football.

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