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Portugal miss out despite win

Published: Wednesday 22 May 2002, 23.53CET
Portugal endured joy and pain as they defeated England 3-1 but failed to reach the semi-finals.

Match statistics

PortugalEngland

Goals scored3
 
1
Attempts on target3
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Group 1: ITA / POR / ENG / SUI

TeamsPWDLFA+/-Pts
1Italy Italy31203215
2Switzerland Switzerland31113214
3Portugal Portugal31114404
4England England310246-23

Legend:

P: Played   
W: Won   
D: Drawn   
L: Lost   
F: For   
A: Against   
+/-: Goal difference   
Last updated: 30/11/2017 14:54 CET
Published: Wednesday 22 May 2002, 23.53CET

Portugal miss out despite win

Portugal endured joy and pain as they defeated England 3-1 but failed to reach the semi-finals.

Portugal failed to reach the UEFA European Under-21 Championship semi-finals despite a 3-1 win against England at the Hardturm stadium in Zürich.

Superb display
Even though they overwhelmed their opponents with a superb display of flowing, attacking football, a 0-0 draw between Switzerland and Italy in tonight's other Group 1 game means that Portugal bow out of the competition along with England. Having finished level on points with Switzerland, Portugal are eliminated because they lost 2-0 to the hosts on Monday.

Early goal
Agostinho Vieira de Oliveira's Portugal side showed their class from the outset and were ahead after just seven minutes through Filipe Teixeira. Neca headed a sweet António Semedo cross back to the striker who made no mistake in beating Paul Robinson in the England goal with a fierce, low shot.

Semedo impresses
That early goal saw Portugal quickly settle and midfield player Hugo Viana and the excellent Semedo tormented England with some fine passing movements before Portugal scored their second goal from the penalty spot after 20 minutes. Semedo jinked into the England penalty area from the right flank only to be sent to ground by a Paul Konchesky challenge. UD Salamanca striker Aziza Makukula stepped up to take the resulting spot-kick, which he slotted calmly past Robinson.

Missed header
At this point, it looked as though Portugal would score every time they pushed forward, and Makukula should certainly have added to their lead after 34 minutes when he was given a free header at the back post from Hugo Viani's corner. England brought on Newcastle United FC forward Shola Amoebi just after the half hour and he quickly developed an understanding with the impressive Alan Smith as David Platt's side finally began to mount some resistance towards the end of the first half.

Smith strike
A minute after Robinson had fended off a good, angled drive from Jorge Ribiero, England were level. On 43 minutes, Ameobi burst down the left flank and fed a ball to Smith inside the Portugal penalty area. The Leeds United AFC striker steadied himself, sidestepped and prodded the ball past Sérgio Leite to offer England a half-time lifeline.

Near miss
England certainly looked more disciplined in the second half, and Smith could easily have levelled proceedings after 50 minutes when a good ball from David Prutton sent him through on goal. However, with just the goalkeeper to beat, he drove wide of Sérgio Leite's right-hand post.

Open goal
A minute later Makukula should have scored at the other end as he managed to crash a shot into Robinson from barely five metres with the goal gaping in front of him. For the remainder of the game, Portugal defended deep and denied England the space to make the best use of their strikers.

Portugal wrap it up
After 69 minutes, the result was sealed as Hugo Viana got the reward for his sterling efforts with a goal. The inventive Sporting Clube de Portugal midfield player outstripped Prutton on the right side of the England penalty area before putting a fierce low shot past Robinson. England continued to press to get something out of the game, but Portugal held firm for the remaining 20 minutes and were pushing forward again as the final whistle blew.

'Team for the future'
"It was a very closely fought game and we did well to beat an aggressive England side," said Vieira de Oliveira after the game. "I think England can look forward to the future with hope and I also think that we have showed that we have a very good team for the future. The big disappointment is being eliminated by such a small margin."

'They will learn'
England manager Platt had no complaints about the result. "We paid the price for a very poor start and we did not get going for the first half an hour," he said. "At this level it is a thin line between success and failure but we have now got to look forward if these players are to operate at the highest levels of the game. They are going to get more disappointments than this in their careers - this is something they will learn from."

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.58CET

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Lineups

Portugal

Portugal

England

England

1
Sérgio LeiteSérgio Leite (GK) (C)
Yellow Card51
1
RobinsonPaul Robinson (GK)
3
Vilhena FaiscaVasco Manuel Vilhena Faisca
2
YoungLuke Young
Yellow Card23
4
TonelTonel
3
KoncheskyPaul Konchesky
5
Jorge RibeiroJorge Ribeiro
6
BarryGareth Barry
Yellow Card90
8
Hugo VianaHugo Viana
Goal69
7
DunnDavid Dunn (C)
Yellow Card28
11
Filipe TeixeiraFilipe Teixeira
Goal7
Substitution61
8
GreeningJonathan Greening
Substitution31
13
Bruno AlvesBruno Alves
10
DefoeJermain Defoe
Substitution66
15
MakukulaAriza Makukula
Goal20
Substitution56
11
PennantJermaine Pennant
Substitution77
17
Pedro MendesPedro Mendes
14
PruttonDavid Prutton
18
SemedoAntónio Semedo
17
SmithAlan Smith
Goal43
19
NecaNeca
Yellow Card71
Substitution79
18
KnightZat Knight

Substitutes

12
Márcio SantosMárcio Santos (GK)
13
TaylorStuart Taylor (GK)
22
IvoIvo (GK)
Yellow Card87
22
HowarthRussell Howarth (GK)
6
EdnilsonEdnilson
Substitution79
16
ParkerScott Parker
Substitution77
10
Paulo CostaPaulo Costa
Substitution56
20
ZamoraBobby Zamora
Substitution66
20
MiguelMiguel
Substitution61
21
Sh. AmeobiShola Ameobi
Substitution31
2
BriguelBriguel
5
TaylorMartin Taylor
7
Cândido CostaCândido Costa
9
ChristieMalcolm Christie
9
Hélder PostigaHélder Postiga
12
RiggottChris Riggott
14
AlhandraAlhandra
15
JenasJermaine Jenas
21
FerreiraPaulo Ferreira
19
CrouchPeter Crouch

Coach

Agostinho Oliveira (POR) David Platt (ENG)

Referee

Erol Ersoy (TUR)

Assistant referees

Ciaran Delaney (IRL), Philip Agius (MLT)

Fourth official

Eduardo Iturralde González (ESP)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution