From the Edi­tor

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Por­tu­gal, with a dra­matic 4-3 ex­tra-time vic­tory over Italy in the Fi­nal, be­came the first coun­try to win the Euro­pean un­der-19 ti­tle two years af­ter win­ning the un­der-17 crown.

Pe­dro Cor­reia’s 109th-minute win­ner came sec­onds af­ter Italy had drawn level at 3-3 in a dra­matic fi­nale. Goals from Joao Filipe and Francisco Trin­cao had put the Por­tuguese 2-0 in nor­mal time, only for Moise Kean to score twice for Italy to take the game into an ex­tra pe­riod. Filipe looked to have won the ti­tle with a right-footed shot but Italy equalised again through a Gian­luca Sca­macca header be­fore Pe­dro Cor­reia grabbed the late win­ner.

Coach He­lio Silva was in charge of the vic­to­ri­ous 2017 un­der-17 side that con­tained many of the same play­ers and said: “I want to thank ev­ery­one. We put to­gether a solid squad. We built a strong iden­tity.

“They de­serve it. It’s a unique mo­ment. We are hon­oured to have rep­re­sented Por­tu­gal.

“These play­ers have the abil­ity to make it in the pro­fes­sional game. I won’t say it’s a new golden gen­er­a­tion but they have the

qual­ity to make it at club level.”

Silva’s side re­cov­ered from los­ing to Italy in the group stage to thrash Ukraine 5-0 in the semi-fi­nals. In the other semi, Italy had over­come highly fan­cied France, who had beaten the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Eng­land 5-0 in the group phase.

Trin­cao of Braga and Filipe of Ben­fica fin­ished as the tour­na­ment’s joint top-scor­ers. De­fen­sive mid­fielder Florentino Luis also im­pressed, along with two English­based play­ers, West Ham mid­fielder Domin­gos Quina and Wolves left­back Ruben Vi­na­gre.

Kean, the Ju­ven­tus for­ward, was Italy’s out­stand­ing player. while Moussa Di­aby (Paris Saint-Ger­main) and Mick­ael Cui­sance (Borus­sia Monchenglad­bach) were France’s most im­pres­sive per­form­ers.

Ear­lier in the sum­mer, Hol­land beat Italy in a penalty shoot-out to claim the Euro­pean un­der-17 ti­tle.

Fi­nal...Por­tu­gal’s Ro­main Cor­reia

Out­stand­ing... Italy’s Moise Kean

Win­ners...Nuno Santo (left) and Diogo Teix­eira

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