Team analysis



Portugal squad
1Tiago Sá11/01/1995Goalkeeper 26+ SC Braga (POR)
2Rebocho23/01/1995Defender5+ 90 SL Benfica (POR)
3João Nunes19/11/1995Defender9090 12090 SL Benfica (POR)
4Jordan Machado28/01/1995Defender 90 Montpellier Hérault SC (FRA)
5Rafa Soares09/05/1995Defender85*909012090 FC Porto (POR)
6Tomás Podstawski30/01/1995Midfield909090120901 FC Porto (POR)
7Raphael Guzzo06/01/1995Midfield66*22+88*15+59* SL Benfica (POR)
8Francisco Ramos10/04/1995Midfield24+68* 105*31+ FC Porto (POR)
9André Silva06/11/1995Forward909078*120905 FC Porto (POR)
10Rony Lopes28/12/1995Forward9068* 120902 LOSC Lille (FRA)
11Nuno Santos13/02/1995Forward12+ SL Benfica (POR)
12André Moreira 02/12/1995Goalkeeper90909094*90 GD Ribeirão (POR)
13Mauro Riquicho07/04/1995Defender90902+12090 Sporting Clube de Portugal (POR)
14Domingos Duarte10/03/1995Defender90909012090 Sporting Clube de Portugal (POR)
15Jorginho21/09/1995Forward 12+62* 5+ Manchester City FC (ENG)
16João Palhinha09/07/1995Midfield 22+90 Sporting Clube de Portugal (POR)
17Ivo Rodrigues30/03/1995Forward90909012066*1 FC Porto (POR)
18Gelson Martins11/05/1995Forward78*78*28+88*85*1 Sporting Clube de Portugal (POR)
19Romário Baldé25/12/1996Forward12+32+24+1 Gil Vicente FC (POR)
Pos. = Position; GS = Goals scored; * = Started; + = Substitute

Hélio Sousa
"We expressed our identity: we pressurised opponents, we created chances and we scored goals. We wanted to win the final and looked for a result right till the end. It was a great achievement by our players. They showed their quality and demonstrated that we have a playing philosophy. The tournament was a great experience for them and gave us a [place at a] World Cup, where we can keep growing. They learned a lot and they gained a lot in self-belief. They will be even better tomorrow."

Portugal team analysis

Portugal team analysis

• 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3 (v Israel) with twin or single midfield screens

• Build-ups from back; emphasis on high-tempo passing game

• Excellent use of width; hard-working wingers with speed, dribbling skills

• Good balance and control in midfield led by Podstawski

• Strong high defensive line; two outstanding centre-backs, adventurous full-backs

• Good attacking variations; ability to change pace and direction, spot through pass

• Strong team spirit; competitive winning mentality; self-belief