Portugal 2-0 Macedonia
2015 UEFA U-21 Euro Qualification
The Portuguese Under-21 team took another step toward direct qualification to the 2015 UEFA U-21 European Championship today with a 2-0 win over Macedonia. The Portuguese can be rightly proud of how they played, having dominated the majority of the match. U-21 coach Rui Jorge took the opportunity to award four players with their first U-21 caps, with Ruben Vezo, Marcos Lopes, Carlos Mane, and Goncalo Paciencia all earning well-deserved debuts.
Rui Jorge named a strong starting eleven, with Ricardo Esgaio and Luis Martins operating on the flanks in defense, on the right and left, respectively. Paulo Oliveira, an established starter both for his club, Vitoria Guimaraes, and the U-21s, started in central defense alongside Ruben Vezo, who recently scored the winning goal in Valencia’s victory over Granada. Rui Jorge opted to play Rio Ave’s Luis Gustavo as an anchorman in midfield, with Andre Gomes and Joao Mario joining him in central midfield. On the wings were Carlos Mane, who has established himself as a starter for Sporting this season, and Bernardo Silva, who has enjoyed a wonderful season for Benfica B. Goncalo Paciencia earned a starting spot as the team’s striker.
Goals from Bernardo Silva and Ricardo Esgaio sealed the win for the Seleccao.
Jose Sa, Ruben Vezo, Paulo Oliveira, Luis Martins, Ricardo Esgaio, Luis Gustavo, Andre Gomes(Sergio Oliveira), Joao Mario, Bernardo Silva(Marcos Lopes), Carlos Mane(Ricardo), Goncalo Paciencia
U21: Portugal 2-1 Macedonia
The Portuguese Under-21 team earned a hard-fought victory over Macedonia on Tuesday. Andre Martins and Fredy were the goalscorers for the Seleccao. This game primarily served as a warm-up game to next month’s must-win game against Poland. A win against Poland will almost guarantee qualification.
The game started brightly for Portugal, who had many of the chances in the first half. Their positive attacking play was rewarded in the 24th minute, when Andre Martins redirected a David Simao shot into the back of the net. The first half ended with Portugal on top of the proceedings, with the score at 1-0. Rui Jorge made ten substitutions in the second half, and in doing so, gave four players their debuts with the U-21 team. These players were Joao Amorim, Goncalo Silva, Anibal Capela, and Sergio Oliveira. The natural flow of the game was affected accordingly by the mass substitutions in the second half, and Portugal were punished for it when, in the 76th minute, Macedonia equalized. With the game tied at 1-1, a breakthrough was needed. That is exactly what Fredy did just six minutes later. The substitute received the ball, and smashed a long-range shot into the back of the net with ease. That was how the game ended: 2-1. Portugal was obviously the better team, but had problems capitalizing on their chances.
Anthony Lopes(Cristiano)(Mika), Cedric(Joao Amorim), Pedro Mendes(Goncalo Silva), Vitor Bastos(Anibal Capela), Ruben(Luis Martins), Andre Almeida(Diogo Amado), Andre Martins(Sergio Oliveira), Josue (Leandro Pimenta), Abel Camara(Rui Fonte), Salvador Agra(Wilson), David Simao(Fredy)
Oceano released today a list of 21 for the Portuguese Under-21 team’s upcoming games against England and Macedonia. The U-21s are set to play England on September 3 at home and Macedonia at home again on September 7. One surprise inclusion on this list of 21 was Manchester United’s new signing Bebe, who has the chance to shut the critic’s mouths if he performs well. Here’s the list:
Belenenses: André Almeida
Benfica: Fábio Faria
CD Nacional: João Aurélio and Orlando Sá
Everton FC: João Silva
FC Paços de Ferreira: Bura and David Simão
FC Porto: Castro and Ukra
Leixões SC: Rui Pedro
Manchester United FC: Bebé
Portimonense SC: André Pinto, Candeias, Pedro Moreira and Ventura
Rio Ave FC: Yazalde
SC Olhanense: João Gonçalves
Sporting CP: André Santos, Daniel Carriço and Rui Patrício
Vitória SC de Guimarães: Pereirinha