Portugal 2-3 Brazil
Portugal fell in extra time after a 111th minute strike from Oscar gave Brazil the advantage. Portugal were not favorites coming into this game, mainly due to their apparent lack of attacking prowess. Previous to the game, Portugal had only scored five goals in the entire competition. Attacking didn’t turn out to be the problem, however. Brazil ripped open Portugal’s defense on numerous occasions. The game started off on a sour note for the Seleccao when a deflected Oscar free kick wriggled its way into the back of the Portuguese net. Portugal responded quickly however, when Nelson Oliveira burst into the box and squared the ball into the onrushing Alex, who made no mistake with his finish. Portugal took the lead soon after. Nelson Oliveira blew past the Brazil defense, and finished from a tight angle to make the score 2-1 Portugal. The lead lasted for a little under 20 minutes, however. Oscar scored again to level the game at 2-2 and send the game into extra time. Oscar scored again and completed his hat-trick in extra time to give Brazil the victory in a game they dominated.
Mika, Cedric(Julio Alves), Mario Rui, Roderick, Nuno Reis, Danilo Pereira, Sergio Oliveira, Sana(Ricardo Dias), Pele, Alex(Caetano), Nelson Oliveira
Portugal 2-0 France
Portugal strolled to an easy 2-0 win over a strong France side to book a place in the final of the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup. Portugal got off to a great start when Danilo towered over the French defense to head home an Alex corner kick. France had their opportunities, but Portugal’s solid defense stood firm. Portugal doubled their lead soon after, when Nelson Oliveira converted his penalty kick. The Seleccao never looked back, and came out with a 2-0 win, and their goals conceded tally stay at zero.
Mika, Cedric, Mario Rui, Roderick, Nuno Reis, Pele, Danilo, Julio Alves, Alex(Luis Martins), Sergio Oliveira(Tiago Ferreira), Nelson Oliveira(Rafael Lopes)
The Portuguese Under-20 team booked a place in the semi-finals of the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup after a victorious penalty shoot-out with Argentina. The last time that Portugal advanced this far in a U-20 World Cup was back in 1995, when they achieved 3rd place in the competition. Portugal now have a realistic chance of equaling just that. Throughout this whole tournament, various player for Portugal have shown flashes of promise. These players will have to play very consistently well to overcome their semi-final opponent, France.
The game against Argentina was, for the most part, a largely boring affair. Neither team attacked with the ferocity that they are capable of. Argentina had scored six before this game and only conceded once. Portugal on the other hand, had only scored three and not conceded at all. In fact, Portugal are the only team in the competition that has yet to concede a goal, which is a testament to their defense. Both sides came close, with Argentina’s attacking movement mainly through Porto’s new signing, Iturbe. Portugal’s best chances fell to Caetano and Nelson Oliveira. Rafael Lopes also tested the opposition keeper on one occasion. After the score was still level after extra time, the game went into penalties. Argentina were up 3-1 on penalties, and the game looked finished. Mika then proceeded to save two penalties in a row, from Pirez and Ruiz. That, combined with Nelson Oliveira and Rafael Lopes scoring their penalties, sent the game into sudden death. Tiago Ferreira scored for Portugal, and Vuletic did likewise for Argentina. Sergio Oliveira then scored for Portugal. Then, Tagliafico stepped up for Argentina, and his shot was saved by Mika to send Portugal into the semi-finals.
Mika, Cedric, Luis Martins(Tiago Ferreira), Nuno Reis, Roderick, Sergio Oliveira, Pele, Danilo Pereira, Julio Alves(Sana), Caetano(Rafael Lopes), Nelson Oliveira
Portuguese U-20 coach Ilidio Vale has released a list of 23 players to take part in training ahead of next summer’s U-20 World Cup. This is not the final list, mind you. These are just players who will take part in a team training for the coach to see who “fits the bill”. Some notable inclusions are Rafael Dias, who currently plays for Sochaux in Ligue 1. Dias has previously played for the French Under 16 and 17 teams, but it looks now as if he may change his allegiance to Portugal. Here’s the full list:
Amarante FC: Cláudio Ramos
A Académica de Coimbra: Paulo Grilo
Belenenses: Filipe Paiva and Pelé
Cercle Brugge KV: Nuno Reis;
CD Fátima: Mário Rui
CD Santa Clara: Alex and Baldé
FC Paços Ferreira: Caetano and Nélson Oliveira
FC Sochaux: Rafael Dias
GD Tourizense: João Guerra and Ricardo Dias
Leixões SC: Paulinho
Parma FC: Danilo
SC Braga: Aníbal Capela, Januário and Nuno Valente
UD Leiria: Rúben Brígido and Michael Domingues
Varzim SC: Salvador Agra