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Portugal through after nine-goal thriller

Published: Tuesday 14 October 2014, 20.15CET
Portugal 5-4 Netherlands (agg 7-4)
Portugal made it ten wins out of ten in qualifying and booked a finals spot in the process after a remarkable play-off second leg.
Portugal through after nine-goal thriller
Portugal celebrate ©FPF

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Published: Tuesday 14 October 2014, 20.15CET

Portugal through after nine-goal thriller

Portugal 5-4 Netherlands (agg 7-4)
Portugal made it ten wins out of ten in qualifying and booked a finals spot in the process after a remarkable play-off second leg.

Portugal sealed a return to the UEFA European Under-21 Championship finals in spectacular style, an end-to-end 5-4 victory over the Netherlands in Pacos de Ferreira wrapping up a 7-4 aggregate triumph.

Portugal already had a first finals place since 2007 within their grasp after winning Thursday's first leg 2-0. When Rúben Vezo broke the deadlock on 13 minutes it was all but assured, even if Wout Weghorst equalised almost immediately – setting the tone for an evening that was tit for tat until the end.

Rúben Neves and Terence Kongolo traded headers before the interval; Ricardo's fine solo effort followed soon after it, and he struck again midway through the second half, though only after the inevitable equaliser from Nathan Aké. Trailing 6-3 on aggregate, the Netherlands went for broke; Portugal sat back, biding their time for the counterattack.

Three minutes from time they had daylight on the night too, as Bernardo Silva scored – there was still time for Aké to reply, of course, from spot. It was the final act of a fantastic match and the Jong Oranje's campaign. Portugal return to the finals with panache – the only team with a 100% record in qualifying.

Last updated: 04/06/15 4.03CET

http://www.uefa.com/under21/season=2015/matches/round=2000413/match=2015238/postmatch/report/index.html#portugal+edge+thriller

Lineups

Portugal

Portugal

Netherlands

Netherlands

1
José SáJosé Sá (GK)
1
HahnWarner Hahn (GK)
2
Ricardo EsgaioRicardo Esgaio
4
RekikKarim Rekik (C)
Yellow Card90
4
Paulo OliveiraPaulo Oliveira
5
WillemsJetro Willems
Yellow Card90+3
5
Raphaël GuerreiroRaphaël Guerreiro
Yellow Card63
6
AkéNathan Aké
Goal64
Goal89
6
Rúben NevesRúben Neves
Goal20
9
WeghorstWout Weghorst
Goal15
8
TozéTozé
Substitution58
10
MaherAdam Maher
Substitution72
11
Ivan CavaleiroIvan Cavaleiro
Substitution46
11
KongoloTerence Kongolo
Goal45+2
13
Rúben VezoRúben Vezo
Goal13
13
HuppertsGuus Hupperts
Yellow Card27
Substitution69
19
Sérgio OliveiraSérgio Oliveira (C)
Yellow Card40
15
JohnOla John
20
RicardoRicardo
Goal50
Goal66
Substitution81
17
ManuElvis Manu
21
Bernardo SilvaBernardo Silva
Goal87
18
BrenetJoshua Brenet
Yellow Card65
Substitution71

Substitutes

22
Bruno VarelaBruno Varela (GK)
16
van der HartMickey van der Hart (GK)
3
Frederico VenâncioFrederico Venâncio
2
LigeonRuben Ligeon
Substitution71
7
Bruno FernandesBruno Fernandes
3
Van AkenJoost Van Aken
9
Iuri MedeirosIuri Medeiros
Substitution58
7
El GhaziAnwar El Ghazi
Substitution69
10
Ricardo HortaRicardo Horta
Substitution81
8
EbecilioKyle Ebecilio
18
Rúben PintoRúben Pinto
12
DrostJesper Drost
Substitution72
23
Carlos ManéCarlos Mané
Substitution46
14
SinkgravenDaley Sinkgraven

Coach

Rui Jorge (POR)

Referee

Michael Oliver (ENG)

Assistant referees

Stuart Burt (ENG), Gary Beswick (ENG)

Fourth official

Jonathan Moss (ENG)

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