U23 Match Report: Portugal 7-2 Wales

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 Ruben Micael and Yannick had to be withdrawn from the squad due to injury, but their absence was not missed, with Vieirinha filling Ruben Micael’s role admirably.

1st Half

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.

2nd Half

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).

Here’s the highlights:

Portuguese Abroad – 1/31/10

It was an average two days for all of these Portuguese players. The highlights were Nani being Man-of-the-match vs Arsenal, and Duda scoring  a goal.


1. Arsenal 1-3 Manchester United – Nani started and was voted man-of-the-match. Arguably his best performance of the season, if not his United carrer. He was substituted off in the dying minutes of the game. Highlights.

2. Liverpool 2-0 Bolton Wanderers – Vaz Te nowhere to be seen, probably off playing for the reserves.

3. West Ham 0-0 Blackburn – da Costa nowhere to be seen, and Boa Morte still out injured

4. Burnley 1-2 Chelsea – No Portuguese in the starting eleven. Deco was substituted in (in the 76th minute). Carvalho, Hilario, and Paulo Ferriera were nowhere to be seen, with Bosingwa still out injured.


1. Deportivo 1-3 Real Madrid – Ze Castro nowhere to be seen for Deportivo, while Pepe is still out injured and Ronaldo is suspended for Madrid

2. Xerez 2-1 Mallorca – both Nunes and Bruno China started for Mallorca, but only Nunes played the full match, with China substituted out in the 81st minute.

3. Tenerife 1-3 Zaragoza – Eliseu played the first 59 minutes for Zaragoza.

4. Valladolid 1-1 Almeira – Pele played the full ninety minutes for Valladolid

5. Atletico Madrid 0-2 Malaga – Duda started for Malaga and scored a goal in the third minute. He was later substituted out in the 63rd minute. Simao and Tiago played a full match for Madrid.

6. Sevilla 2-1 Valenica – Miguel played a full match for Valencia, with Manuel Fernandes nowhere to be seen


1. Borussia 4-3 Werder Bremen – Hugo Almeida was substituted in in the 57th Minute

2. Frankfurt 1-2 Koln – Manich and Petit started for Koln, with Maniche scoring Koln’s first. Maniche was subbed out in the dying minutes of the game.


1. Lille 1-0 Lens – Marco Ramos nowhere to be seen for Lens

2. Le Mans 1-3 Toulouse – Joao Paulo nowhere to be seen for Le Mans. Paulo Machado started and scored a goal(couldn’t find the video). Machado was later subbed out in the dying minutes of the game.


1. Sampdoria 2-0 Atalanta – Costinha nowhere to be seen for Atalanta

2. Roma 2-1 Siena – Brandao surprisingly nowhere to be seen for Siena


Turkey – Makukula scored another goal