UEFA Under-19 EURO: Portugal cruise past Norway to reach final

Portugal are the first finalists of the UEFA Under-19 Championship as they defeated Norway 5-0 in the first semi-final at the Tony Bezzina Stadium on Thursday.

The Portuguese were in a class of their own, scoring three during the first half, adding another two goals on the restart. In the final, on Sunday, they will be meeting the winner of the second semi-final between Spain and Italy.

Gustavo Sa put Portugal ahead on the 4th minute as goalkeeper Magnus Rugland Ree lost the ball to the Portuguese midfielder who hit home. 

On the 17th minute, they were awarded a penalty after Egeli handled the ball inside the area and captain Hugo Felix converted.

Portugal extended the lead on the 31st minute when off an erratic clearance, Gustavo Sá addressed the ball into the direction of Rodrigo Ribeiro who hit home from an acute angle.

Rodrigo Ribeiro scored Portugal’s fourth goal, heading the ball home off a perfect cross by Gabriel Bras. 

Three minutes later, Carlos Borges slotted the ball past Rugland Ree to make it 5-0. 

PORTUGAL Goncalo Roberto, Goncalo Esteves (46’ Martim Fernandes), Antonio Ribeiro, Gabriel Bras, Martim Marques (73’ Luis Gomes), Nuno Felix (46’ Yanis Da Rocha), Carlos Borges (76’ Miguel Fale), Gustavo Sa (58’ Joao Goncalves), Rodrigo Ribeiro, Samuel Justo, Hugo Felix.

NORWAY Magnus Rugland Ree (86’ Viktor Engh), Vetle Walle Egeli, Nikolai Hopland, Vegard Solheim (46’ Oskar Sivertsen), Roaldsoy, Niklas Odegard (63’ Syver Aas), Erik Flataker, Oliver Braude (50’ Heine Bruseth)(86’ Dylan Murugesapillai), Simen Haram, Daniel Bassi, Benjamin Faraas. 

Referee: Yael Falcon ARG
Assistant Referees: Facundo Rodríguez ARG, Theodoros Georgiou HUN
Fourth Official: Gergo Bogár HUN

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