Dafter being at a disadvantage for most of the Elite Round Group 3 match of the knockout stages, following Kenny’s 25th-minute goal, Portugal not only reversed the result but also won, with goals from Youssef Chermiti (78 and 90+5), António Silva (84) and Joelson Fernandes (90+2).
From needing to beat qualifying hosts England in the third and final round, coach Rui Bento’s side were within draw distance on Tuesday at Chesterfield to secure their presence in the European Championship.
Portugal, who beat Armenia 4-0 on Matchday 1, have six points, as do England, who beat the Armenians today by the same margin (4-0) and won to the Irish by 3-1, so the goals scored “out of hours” gave the advantage to the Portuguese team.
After reaching the break with a disadvantage, Rui Bento was lucky in the “moves” he made in the national team, in particular, with bets on Chermiti, in the 46th minute, and Joelson Fernandes, in the 59th, although he only produced results in the final phase.
Only the first place of the seven Elite Tour groups will qualify directly for the 2022 European Championship, joining Slovakia, which will host the final, between July 20 and August 2.
Portugal, who were crowned champions in 1961, when the competition was called the International Junior Tournament, 1994 and 1999, in the Under-18 format, and 2018, have reached the final in the last three editions of the competition , which did not take place. in 2020 and 2021 due to the covid-19 pandemic.
The ‘quinas’ team even won the title in 2018, beating Italy in the final (4-3, after extra time), after losing in the decisive match in 2017, against England (2-1), and in 2019, against Spain. (2-0).
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