Portugal’s Ivan Cavaleiro celebrating his goal. Photo: Lusa
Portugal 5-0 Germany
2015 UEFA U-21 European Championship Semi-Final
A comprehensive performance from the Portuguese under-21 team pushed them past Germany in the semi-final of the 2015 U-21 European Championship to book a place in the tournament’s final. Goals from Bernardo Silva, Ricardo Pereira, Ivan Cavaleiro, João Mario, and Ricardo Horta gave Portugal an emphatic and entirely unpredicted 5-0 win over the Germans. The Portuguese will now face Sweden in the final, to be played on Tuesday. Continue reading
Danny was the man of the match as Portugal crushed their African opposition 3-0 on Tuesday. This was the final test for the Seleccao before their first World Cup match on June 15th against the Ivory Coast. The first half looked much the same as their goalless draw against Cape Verde just two weeks earlier. News had come in before the game that Nani would miss the World Cup due to injury, so there was a slight sadness in the air. Danny, however, filled the void exceptionally well, putting in a man-of-the-match performance, scoring one and assisting another.
The first goal came after halftime as Danny latched on the a perfect Deco through-ball, took it around the keeper, and finished in the open net. Danny was involved in the second goal also. Fabio Coentrao played the Zenit man through, who teed Hugo Almeida up perfectly for the goal. The third goal came late in the game when Ronaldo’s shot was puched by the keeper right to Almeida who made no mistakes in finishing.
Eduardo, Miguel, Bruno Alves, Ricardo Carvalho, Fabio Coentrao, Pedro Mendes (Pepe), Raul Meireles (Miguel Veloso), Deco (Tiago), Simao (Ronaldo), Liedson (Hugo Almeida), Danny (Duda)