U20 selection wins against Saudi Arabia 3-1

U20 selection wins against Saudi Arabia 3-1

The Portuguese U-20 team beat Saudi Arabia 3-1 on Wednesday to prepare for the World Cup in Poland, where they were at a disadvantage but managed to get back on track in the second half.

On the main pitch of the City of Soccer, in Oeiras, where Hélio Sousa's side have prepared to participate in the World Cup, the 'quinas' team suffered the Saudi goal at the 28th minute through midfielder Faraj Alghashayan, already in the second half, would be able to operate the turnaround in the marker, thanks to the goals of defender Diogo Queirós and forward Francisco Trincão and Rafael Leão, at 58, 68 and 77, respectively.

Still without the full 21-man squad, the Portuguese midfielder, who takes his leave of the team after the competition in Poland, bet on Luis Maximiano at the goal, defending Thierry Correia, Diogo Leite, Roman Correia and Rúben Vinagre, midfielder handed Miguel Luis, Francisco Moura and Nuno Santos and composed the front of attack with Francisco Trincão, Tableque Dju and Pedro Correia.

Benfica's Florentino Luís, Gedson Fernandes and Jota players will join the stadium later on only when they finish the I Liga, as will Porto's goalkeeper Diogo Costa, who will be the last to focus on Poland, as the 'dragons' will still play in the Portuguese Cup final against Sporting on 25 June.

Portugal, whose trophies included the U-20 world titles in 1989 and 1991, debuted in Poland against South Korea on May 25, followed by clashes with Argentina on 28 June and Africa of the South, in 31, all in the city of Bielsko-Biala.

In a competition with 24 selections, the first two qualifiers of each group, plus the four highest ranked third contenders, will be eliminated in the round of 16.

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