The Gauls had already beaten Italy 8-5 and provoked a “bucket of cold water” tonight, in front of the Portuguese public, in Paredes.
Fast on the counterattack, aggressive against the defender, the French players showed a refined technique and are in the accounts of this European. Taking advantage of their physical strength, France reached 2-0 in the opening part of the first half and managed to hold the advantage until the break.
Portugal had difficulties in reaching the Gallic goal and even resorted to changing players to try to change the course of events. But it was only 35 seconds into the 2nd part that João Rodrigues relaunched the game, making it 2-1.
With about five minutes to go, Portugal conceded two goals and scored one soon after. France scored again and Portugal reduced the result, leaving the nuns 5-3. Historical numbers in the Europeans of the modality.
Carlo di Benedetto, who plays for FC Porto, was once again highlighted, as was his brother Roberto di Benedetto, who was always in great activity.
The goals of the match were scored by Roberto Di Benedetto (02, 45 and 50 minutes) and Carlo Di Benedetto (11 and 47) by the French, while João Rodrigues (26) and Gonçalo Alves, who scored twice (49 and 50), reduced to the Portuguese team.
France leads this group stage of the European roller hockey, with 6 points, adding two victories in two rounds. Spain is second with 4 points, Portugal and Germany have 3 points.
France was the biggest beneficiary of this 2nd round, as it benefited from the 4-4 draw between two of the favorites, Italy and Spain.
Renato Garrido’s team will face Italy this Wednesday in another game of increased difficulties.
Portugal is the record holder for European titles, with 21 victories, against 17 of Spain, champion in title.