The national beach soccer team, 8-2, crushed its French counterpart, in the second round of the first stage of the European League, after also beating Estonia (8-1) in the opening round.
After a balanced first period, without goals, Portugal withdrew from the gallons and won in the second half, scoring five goals and conceding one goal. The last period worked to consolidate the victory with three more goals.
Leo Martins (14′, 16′ and 33′), André Lourenço (14′ and 15′), Duarte Algarveo (17′), B Martins (26′) and Nuno Belchior (30′) scored the winning goals, while Barbotte (14) ) and Duarte Algarveo (33 minutes) scored for the French national team.
“The match against France was pretty much what we expected. A physically strong team, like Estonia, but a slightly better team in terms of technique. We ended up playing a quiet game, we were able to practice our operations and even trained our individual defenses for tomorrow’s match. It was enough to win. And thinking about the match with Switzerland,” coach Mario Narciso analyzed, in statements to the Portuguese Football Federation website.
That round concludes on Sunday, with Portugal measuring their strength with Switzerland, and in September, Portugal will still face Poland to close out the group stage.
It is noteworthy that the group winners and runners-up qualify for the fourth final of the European League, scheduled for September, in Alghero, Italy, and are still present at the European Games held in Poland.
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