We’re in for a thrilling match on Sunday night when England and Portugal square off in the UEFA EURO U-21 quarterfinals. The Young Lions eliminated Portugal from the competition by winning all of their group games without giving up a goal.
Three straight 2-0 victories in the group round have made Lee Carsley’s team appear formidable so far. Portugal came in unexpectedly behind tournament co-hosts Georgia, who upset Portugal in their opening match, to finish second in Group A.
England U21 vs Portugal U21
The Young Lions have a spotless record dating back to the beginning of the season. The team led Group C after defeating each of their opponents by an overall score of 6-0. Lee Carsley. The Young Lions will try their hardest to win this title, keeping in mind the criticism leveled at their senior counterparts in recent years for failing to show up in the key games. Even if it sounds absurd, if they do win, it will be their first championship in this competition since the 1980s.
Portugal U21 hasn’t been able to match the performances that got them to Slovenia’s final the year before. The Esperanças were destined to exit this year’s championship at the group stage after earning just one point from their first two games, except for Tiago Dantas’ injury-time penalty goal against Belgium U-21 in their final group match.
The Young Lions won three games in a row by scores of 2-0, with their victory over Germany serving as the true statement victory since Antonio Di Salvo’s team finished the tournament without a win. Since his team hasn’t won this competition since the 1980s, Carsley will undoubtedly believe his team has a good chance of breaking that long winless streak.
Portugal’s chances of moving on were seriously questioned after their 1-1 draw with the Netherlands and loss to Georgia in their opening match. In their final game, they appeared to be going out, but Benfica midfielder Tiago Dantas converted a last-second penalty against Belgium to help them defeat the Netherlands.
Without question, England has a lot of skills, and they are using them well. Portugal, in comparison, is fortunate to still be participating in this competition. At the EURO U21 tournaments in 2015 and 2021, these two countries faced off, with Portugal winning both games. However, the Young Lions will come into this match as the favorites because they had more time to prepare than Rui Jorge’s team, who had to put in a lot of effort against Belgium.
The 2023 UEFA Under-21 European Championships had seen England perform absolutely superbly under Lee Carsley’s leadership. The Young Lions were one of the most impressive teams at the tournament, along with France, winning all three of their group-stage matches by a score of two goals to zero.
Portugal struggled in the group stages after dropping their opening match 2-0 to Georgia. They managed to advance thanks to a dramatic, contentious win over Belgium in their last group match. However, England is the clear favorite in this match and will aim for a semifinal matchup with either Georgia or Israel.
Tip: England to win / BTTS (NO)
England to win – ✅
BTTS – ✅
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