This Saturday, Spain, for the sixth consecutive time, reclaimed the title of European champion in the women’s roller hockey game by defeating Portugal 5-3, in the final of the European Championship, which was held in Pavelhao Municipal de Luso, in Milhada.
In an emotional match in which more than half a thousand people took part in the stands, the Spanish team was put under severe pressure on the track and after 15 minutes it had already won 4-0.
The first goal was scored three minutes later by Aina Florence, and a minute later Laura Puigduita increased the difference, in an attacking movement.
And Sarah Roses, the Spanish national team’s top scorer in this European championship, increased to 3-0 in the 13th minute with a superb shot from the corner of the Portuguese goal.
The Spanish team, who now holds seven European titles, made it 4-0 in the 15th minute, via Marta Picero, in a half-track shot.
The national team, who lost the final in these last five editions, was reduced to 23 minutes, by Marilyn Sousa.
In the second half, Portugal looked more dangerous, sending Spain to the middle of its path, and scored again in the 34th minute, through Rita Batista, with a great shot in the midfield.
One minute later, Spain was increased to 5-2 by Sarah Roses, the UEFA European Championship top scorer, with 12 goals.
Portugal was even reduced to 5-3 in the 43rd minute, via Maria Sofia Silva, culminating in an excellent offensive move.
Three minutes after the end, the team took advantage of the corner kicks from a direct free kick, penalizing Spain’s tenth foul, but Joanna Teixeira was unable to score.
Spain took the record with seven titles, including the last six, followed by Portugal with three titles, Italy and Germany with two titles, and France with the puck.
A game at the Luso Municipal Pavilion, Mealhada
Spain – Portugal, 5-3
Between the first half: 4-1
1-0, Aina Florence, 03 min; 2-0, Laura Puigduita, 04; 3-0, Sarah Roses, 13; 4-0, Marta Picero, 15; 4-1, Marilyn Souza, 23; 4-2, Rita Batista, 34; 5-2, Sarah Rocks, 35; 5-3, Maria Sofia Silva, 43
Under the Italians, Ulderico Barberesi and Joseph Cilicia, the teams lined up:
Spain: Laura Vicente, Laura Puigduita (1), Aina Florence (1), Ana Casasaranona and Marta Piquero (1). She also played Sarah Roses (2), Berta Busquets and Marta Porras
Coach: Ricard Muñoz
Portugal: Maria Celeste Vieira, Sofia Monkovio, Marilyn Souza (1), Anna Catarina and Maria Sofia Silva (1). Also played by Laura Vicente, Joanna Teixeira, Rita Batista (1) and Raquel Santos
Coach: Helder Antunes
Assist: about 600 spectators
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