Euro Cup in 2018, World Cup in 2021... and now Euro Cup in 2022. Another one for Portugal, which had never won a title before and now has three in
Euro Cup in 2018, World Cup in 2021… and now Euro Cup in 2022. Another one for Portugal, which had never won a title before and now has three in four magical years. Now, in their first conquest without Ricardinho, they won the European Championship in Amsterdam in the way they know best: coming back from 0-2. They already started like this against Spain in the semifinals and turned it around, so it was normal to see the faces of apparent calm on the Portuguese bench after goals from Sokolov and Afanasyev. They did it again and, after a brilliant second half, they beat a Russia (4-2) that caressed another European Championship 23 years later. They will have to wait. Post Ricardinho Portugal continues to dominate.
On the way out, Russia completed an almost perfect start, possibly his best minutes in the tournament, with a Portugal locked up and suffering a lot especially in the center’s defense. Pany Varela, overwhelmed, was the protagonist in the two Russian goals, trying to defend without success. He could not avoid the turnaround of the aforementioned Sokolov and Afanasyev. Tense calm of Jorge Braz, Portuguese coach, on the bench. Tomas Paço, before the break and with the collaboration of goalkeeper Putilov, closed the gap before the break. Portugal’s plan was underway…
Zicky, MVP of the tournament
Beyond Zicky, MVP of the tournament and one of the best on the planet, the second part was starring André Coelho, from Barça. He scored the second, by shooting a throw-in directly and after Putilov tried to stop him, finishing the ball in his own goal, and the third, after a play that Zicky himself originated and created. There were eight minutes left and the Russians began to take risks, with Abramov as player goalkeeper. Twenty seconds from the end Sousa dressed as a hero with a save a few meters above Sokolov. Almost at the horn, Pany Varela scored an empty goal for the burst of joy in Portugal. They haven’t lost since 2016 (there are now 33 official matches in a row), and equal another milestone for Spain: Euro Cup-World Cup-Euro Cup, as the National Team did between 2004 and 2007. Now it’s time to learn from them to relive better times.
4 – Portugal: André Sousa, Erick, João Matos, Bruno Coelho, Pany Varela -first five-; André Coelho, Tomás Paço, Afonso Jesus, Fábio Cecílio, Zicky, Miguel Ângelo, Tiago Brito and Pauleta.
2 – Russia: Putilov, Antoshkin, Chishkala, Davydov, Afanasyev -initial five-; Milovanov, Abramov, Niyazov, Abramovich, Sokolov, Paulinho and Nando.
goals: 0-1, m. 9: Sokolova. 0-2, m. 12: Afanasayev. 1-2, m. 18: Tomas Paco. 2-2, m. 27: André Coelho. 3-2, m. 32: André Coelho. 4-2, m. 40: Pany Varela.
Referees: Juan José Cordero Gallardo (Spain) and Alejandro Martínez Flores (Spain). They admonished the Russians Sokolov and Afanasyev, and the Portuguese Tomás Paço.
Incidents: final of the Eurocopa 2022 in the Netherlands played at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam before 1,250 spectators.