In the match of the second round of Group A of the Elite Round of qualification for the World Cup, which is disputed in Póvoa de Varzim, the Portuguese futsal team drew 2 goals but was losing until the 2 minutes of the end.
Portugal played in the second qualifying game with Finland and 2 minutes from the end it was losing 2-0, but Bruno Coelho, at 39, and Cardinal, at 40 minutes, already goals from Finland were authored by Jarmo Junno at 16 and Lassi Lintula after 29 minutes.
The Portuguese team with many difficulties in finishing contrasted the opposing team, which was super effective, taking advantage of the opportunities they had to score.
Despite Portugal dominating the game, and having many opportunities, throughout the game but especially in the second half that touched Finland to its great area, but the Portuguese players were unable to finish, also due to a great display of the goalkeeper who it was “almost” insurmountable.
It was with Portugal playing with an advanced goalkeeper that Bruno Coelho’s first goal appeared in the 39th minute in the free-kick, penalizing the Finns’ sixth foul and in the 40th minute the Cardinal goal, with which the match ended.
Portugal is now in second place in the group, but with the same points as Italy, who beat Belarus 5-3 on Matchday 2. Finland is third and has 2 points and Belarus is in the last place of the group still without points.
In the last matchday, Portugal will play against Italy and decide the winner while Finland plays against Belarus. The winners of the 4 groups of the Elite Round automatically qualify for the World Cup, the second will play in a ‘play-off‘.
The World Cup will take place in Kaunas, Vilnius and Klaipeda in Lithuania from September 12th to October 4th.