Portugal U19 vs England U19 by PatrickBateman
Portugal have reached the final unbeaten, with only draw against Sweden in the last group stage fixture ruining their perfect score. However, they entered that game with rotated squad as they have already sealed progress with wins against Georgia and Czech Republic. In the semifinal they faced Netherlands which didn`t look particularly good in this tournament. It was a tough match without clear chances, with both teams approaching with a "safety-first" mentality. All the chances came as a result of individual quality, as both teams struggled to be creative. In 24th minute Fernandes attempted what seemed as very weak shot straight into Bijlow, however, Netherlands` captain reacted poorly, letting in the ball to give Portugal the lead. There weren`t any more goals, and Portugal progressed into the final pretty lucky. Portugal will come into this game in full strength.
England also remained unbeaten so far, although they won all of their matches. And they did so while conceding only one goal, with 4:1 win against Germany standing out as their highlight. In the semis they faced Czech Republic, and got a victory much harder than expected. The game itself was much more interesting than that between Portugal and Netherlands. Both teams were getting into chances, with some of them being very promising. It has to be said, however, that England had hit the post and Nmecha missed impossible, but Czech had chances of their own. In the dying seconds of the game England managed to score, with Nmecha spectularly flicking the ball with his heel after the assist from Edwards. It was dramatic victory, but deserved one nonetheless. England will miss centre back Chalobah due to an ankle injury which he picked up at the beginning of Germany game.
Considering everything we`ve seen at this tournament, this is probably expected final. Both teams deserved to be here, but England have left slightly better impression. They looked powerful in every game, both defensively and offensively. Portugal were little bit lucky in their win against Netherlands, but they still looked better and were quite defensively solid, not allowing their opponents too many chances. Both semifinal games finished 1:0, which is nothing strange considering what has been at stake. The stakes are even higher now, and I think that both teams will approach this game cautiosly. Both England and Portugal showed they know how to keep their net intact, and they will intend to do that here too. England are slight favourites since they`ve shown more so far, but final games are often unpredictable, and neither result would be a surprise. However, I don`t think this will be a high scoring game, and whoever finds a net will have huge advantage and will do everything to keep their lead. That`s why I will back under 2.5 goals, as I believe we will witness a cagey affair.
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