From the Editor
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