The Portuguese U-20 team today beat England 1-0 in the preparation of the two national teams for the World Cup, particularly in Penafiel.
The only goal of the meeting came in the 62nd minute and was scored by Pedro Correia, after insisting Gedson Fernandes on the attack, confirming the second best part of the Portuguese training.
The match between two teams with strong arguments and strong ambitions for the next world championship in Poland at the end of May, a test in which the English will defend the title won in 2017, with a slight historical ascendancy of Portugal, once again confirmed in the field.
Hélio Sousa selected the success of the U19s and U19s at this stage, and the response was positive, in a more divided first part, in which the British, thanks to a high pressure, were able to win many balls and go out in quick transitions, exploring the ‘explosion’ of Arsenal player Willock and what proved to be the most dangerous.
Portugal, however, was often able to break free from the pressure and also drew close to the English goal, almost always by Trincão, the most enlightened player in a Portuguese attack in which Jota also showed arguments.
Diogo Costa in the 25th minute had to apply to avoid the Englishman’s goal in one of the most dangerous bids of the first half, with Portugal improving in the second, managing to accentuate the dominance and get closer and more dangerous counter one.
In the 62nd minute, Gedson believed and pressed the English midfielder out of his area, he won the ball and watched Pedro Correia, who put the ball into position, putting the ball, close to the post, opening the scoring.
Jota, two minutes later, tested the reflexes of Balcombe, getting close to the second, but until the end would be England to grow in the game and to try to react to the disadvantage, with Willock, on two occasions, getting close to the goal.
Portugal makes their World Cup debut on 25 May against South Korea in a group stage where they will still meet Argentina (28) and South Africa (31). The three games will take place in the city of Bielsko-Biala.
– Portugal: Diogo Costa (Luís Maximiano, 46), Thierry Correia (Diogo Dalot, 74), Diogo Queirós, David Carmo, Francisco Moura, Gedson Fernandes (Domingos Quina, 65), Nuno Henrique, Nuno Santos (Florentino Luís, 85), Trincão (Rafael Leão, 74), Pedro Correia (Mesaque Dju, 85) e Jota (Leandro Cardoso, 66).
(Alternates: João Virgínia, Diogo Dalot, Diogo Leite, Reuben Vinagre, Florentino Luís, Rafael Leão, Domingos Quina, Tableque Dju, Filipe Soares, Elves Baldé, Romain Correia and Leandro Cardoso).
Selector: Hélio Sousa.
– England: Ellery Balcombe, Reece James, Ben Wilmot (Dujon Sterling, 71), Ben Godfrey, Tom Pearce, Ronaldo Vieira (Flynn Downes, 63), Marcyus Tavernier, Joe Willock, Eberechi Eze (Grady Diangana, (Dwight McNeil, 63) and Eddie Nketiah.
(Alternates: Grady Diangana, Brandon Austin, Dwight McNeil, Sam Field, Flynn Downes, Grady Diangana, Brandon Austin, Dwight McNeil, Sam Field, Flynn Downes, Mogan Feeney, Andre Dozzell and Dujon Sterling).
Selector: Paul Simpson.
Referee: Florian Badstubner (Germany).
Disciplinary action: Yellow card for Ben Wilmot (39), Reece James (44) and Domingos Quina (81).
Assistance: about 4,500 spectators.