National Under-21 selection beat Poland 1-0 and is ahead of the second-leg playoff access to the Euro’2019 finals.
Portugal is very close to reaching the finals of the UEFA European Under-21 Championship next year in Italy and San Marino. The team of champions won Friday in Poland, in Zabrze, 1-0, thanks to the goal of Diogo Jota, and gained thus advantage for the second leg of the playoff, which will be played next Tuesday in Chaves.
In the absence of Diogo Dalot, due to injury, Rui Jorge launched Diogo Gonçalves as an adapted right-back and won the bet, as the young man loaned by Benfica to Nottingham Forest proved to be one of the most evident elements during the match. match. In a very intense game, with several individual duels in midfield, the first real opportunity of goal came only in the 24 ‘minutes, when João Carvalho, after passing by João Félix, forced Grabara to apply.
With the game controlled and greater possession of the ball, the Portuguese formation would translate this domain to the passage of the half hour, when Diogo Jota gave the best sequence to a fast counter-attack. Eustáquio recovered the ball in the defensive zone, João Carvalho, with the usual class, threw in the depth and João Félix, with a beautiful pass, offered the inaugural goal to the striker of Wolverhampton.
Throughout the half, Portugal managed the advantage and the pace of play and saw Poland create only a situation of relative danger, over the 45 ‘, in a kick over the goal of Joel Pereira.
In the second half, Poland came more aggressive and even threatened twice the draw. First, in a free-kick in which Joel Pereira barely tackled the challenge and then, in a half-distance shot, V. Setúbal’s goalkeeper turned the corner with a great intervention.
With Heriberto on the pitch, Rui Jorge’s side enjoyed another great goal. Benfica’s Moreirense forward dropped in the penalty area, but the referee ordered him to follow, allowing João Carvalho, in the face of the Polish guard, to waste the 2-0.
In the final minutes, the Polish side ‘pressed’, tried to get the equalizer, but the attention of Joel Pereira (78 ‘) and lack of assertiveness of Kapustka (89’) did not change the result, which leaves the team with one foot in Italy and San Marino. The stamp of the qualification already has the first mark, lack the confirmation that, all hope, arrives next Tuesday, in Chaves.