In the first game, the exhibition had its ups and downs, but in the second round of Group A of Euro 2022, the Portuguese futsal team added to another victory, a consistent and quality performance. In Amsterdam, against the Netherlands, the European champions were always superior and didn’t give their rivals chances. With goals from Saadouni (at his own goal), Afonso Jesus and Pany Varela, twice, Portugal defeated the Netherlands (4-1) and is in a qualifying tie for the quarter-finals.
Even before Portugal and the Netherlands entered the modern Ziggo Dome track, the result of the first game of the 2nd round of Group A served as a warning to the Portuguese: after losing against the Dutch (3-2), Ukraine had thrashed Serbia (6-1), which had put up a good resistance to the national team in the opening match.
However, after a disastrous entry against the Serbs, Portugal did not make it easy. Faced with a rival that Jorge Braz knew well (European Portuguese and European Dutch had faced each other twice), the champions in November presented from the beginning of control and, with a lot of ball, gave little chance to the rival.
Field to his ideas, the coach maintains a team without an initial pivot, but the absence of a player near the area defended by Kuijk does not prevent three that the Portuguese quickly create opportunities.
However, with the result at zero, Braz posted Zicky Té However, with the “best youngest in the world” 2021, the first goal on the field did not take long: at 5:31, after Zicky Té shot, he deflected it in Saadouni and entered the goal.
Winning, Braz took back Zicky Té and Portugal lowered the dominance, but, on top of the break, with Sporting’s pivot, the Portuguese team scored again: assisted by Zicky Té, Pany Varela shot hard and scored the 2- 0.
With fewer minutes of ball, but never that the Netherlands Minutes were watching, Portugal increased to minus3-0 in the third minute of the Pany Varela part – second control mate of Pany Varela the lowest number of control of Pany Varela leaves and, although Bouyouzan ended, the second Portuguese triumph was never in question and, already in the minute, Afonso Jesus made the final 4-1.
Next Friday against Ukraine (19:30, RTP2), a draw guarantees Portugal the objective of qualifying in the first place.