Carlos Queiroz certainly has to do a double-take after the Portugal U-23 team strolled to a 7-2 thrashing of Wales. Ruben Micael and Yannick had to be withdrawn from the squad due to injury, but their absence was not missed, with Vieirinha filling Ruben Micael’s role admirably.
Portugal opened up the scoring on 14 minutes, when Coentrao crossed for Vitor Gomes, who nodded it in. Just seven minutes later, Coentrao went from hero to villian, as his errant back-pass was picked up by Wales’s Jack Christopher, who finished past Patricio. Soon after, a beautiful piece of Vieirinha opened up for Joao Ribeiro, who easily finished past the Welsh keeper. Just two minutes later, a loose ball fell to Ricardo Vaz te, who rocketed his shot into the bottom left corner beautifully. Portugal finished the half with their heads up, rightfully so with a 3-1 lead.
It took just over ten minutes for the leathal Portugal to find the net again, this time with Paulo Machado. A string of flawless passes set up Joao Ribeiro, who impressively squared the ball to the Toulouse man, who one-touched it in. Once again, Vaz te found the back of the net within just minutes of the previous goal. Some inaccurate passing in the Welsh defense left Vaz te with a open shot, which he took perfectly with his left foot into the bottom right corner. Portugal continued to completely dominate the game, putting away almost all of their chances. Welshman Rob Williams then reduced the gap in the score with his header off of a corner kick. The score was now 5-2 obviously in Portugal’s favor. Ten minutes later, Bruno Gama what is,in mu opinion, the best goal of the match. He latched on to a ball just outside the box, and curled his effort just in. Carlos Saleiro soon after scored the final goal of the match. After evading the defender’s tackles, the Sporting man fired an unstoppable shot past the Welsh keeper, making the final score an impressive 7-2.
Rui Patrício, Miguel Lopes (Sílvio, 70), Vasco Fernandes, Nuno André Coelho, Fábio Coentrão (Emídio Rafael, 30), Pelé, Vítor Gomes (Nuno Coelho, 46), Paulo Machado, Vieirinha, João Ribeiro (Bruno Gama, 61) e Vaz Té (Saleiro, 66).
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