Chronicle: With a hat-trick by Gonçalo Ramos, under-21 from Portugal apply half a dozen to Cyprus


Portugal, which, with the exception of the rout against Liechtenstein (11-0), only had victories by the smallest margin (1-0) in this qualifying phase, once again proved effective to celebrate with a wide margin, with goals from Gonçalo Ramos (six). , 53 and 61 minutes), Gonçalo Inácio (21), Fábio Vieira (51) and Henrique Araújo (71).

Regarding Friday’s victory (1-0) in Cyprus, Rui Jorge – replaced on the bench by deputy Romeu Almeida, after testing positive for the new coronavirus last week – was forced to make a forced change in the ‘eleven’, with the departure of André Almeida (prophylactic isolation) and the entrance of Afonso Sousa.

With the usual diamond of creatives in midfield, the Portuguese team ‘got’ the ball from the first minute and, with a combination of football, took just six minutes to reach the advantage, in the first shot made at the Cypriot goal.

Fábio Vieira put a long shot in the penalty area for Vítor Ferreira, but Shelis cut the ball incompletely in the forbidden zone, leaving for the stunning conclusion of the Algarve Gonçalo Ramos, playing in a field where his father, Manuel Ramos, showed up for Farense two years ago decades.

Portugal, dominating the match as they pleased, continued ‘on top’ in the following minutes looking for the second goal, which only failed, at 12, because Gonçalo Ramos missed the ‘aim’ in a dangerous header, inside the area.

In the first Cypriot offensive attack, Ioannou wasted an excellent opportunity with a shot at Celton Biai (20), and the ‘quinas’ team was much more effective in the next move: after Fábio Vieira’s corner, Gonçalo Inácio headed unopposed for the 2-0.

Almost half an hour into the game (29), the Portuguese benefited from a penalty, after Ioannou’s foul on Afonso Sousa, but Fábio Silva wasted the ‘maximum punishment’, allowing Kittos to defend with his feet.

The Cyprus goalkeeper showed up again in big time in added time (45+2), defending with a great stretch a header by Gonçalo Ramos’ grazing, after a cross by Nuno Tavares.

Returning to the changing rooms, the Portuguese team, now much more effective, was devastating in the first quarter of an hour, with the goals coming naturally, by Fábio Vieira, in the perfect execution of a direct free-kick (51), and Gonçalo Ramos (53 and 61), which already has eight in the qualifying phase.

With the victory guaranteed, the substitutions arrived and one of those substitutes, Henrique Araújo, signed, after an excellent pass from Afonso Sousa, the sixth goal of the match a few minutes after entering (71), wasting the seventh right after (73).

Portugal, which continues to lead Group D with 15 points – one more than Greece, which has one more game -, reduced its dynamics and gave some spaces to Cyprus, who only failed to score, at 75, because Celton Biai prevented the goal with a great ‘fire’ save by Katsantonis, but Tiago Dantas (85) and Henrique Araújo (90+1) also missed the seventh Portuguese goal.

Heading to the finals of the U21 European Championship, to be played in Romania and Georgia from June 9th to July 2nd, 2023, the nine group winners and the best runner-up, while the remaining eight seconds will compete for the ‘ play-offs’.


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