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2023 UEFA Euro U19: Portugal Thrash Norway 5-0 to Secure Final Spot with Classy Display

Carlos Borges of Portugal, left, celebrates with teammate Rodrigo Ribeiro after scoring their side's fifth goal
Carlos Borges of Portugal, left, celebrates with teammate Rodrigo Ribeiro after scoring their side's fifth goal [Credit: Seb Daly]

Rodrigo Ribeiro netted a brace as Portugal thrashed Norway 5-0 with a classy display to reach the final of the UEFA U19 European Championships.

Gustavo Sa opened the scoring early on before a Hugo Felix penalty doubled the lead shortly after. Ribeiro added a third before half-time then netted another after the break.

Manchester City forward and Premier League 2 Player of the Season Carlos Borges got on the scoresheet to add a fifth after a rare quiet first-half performance.

The Portuguese qualified top of Group A to reach the semi-finals, winning all three of their group games against Italy, Poland and Malta.

The Norwegians made the semis by finishing second in Group B. A dramatic 5-4 victory against Greece as well as draws with Iceland & Spain saw them through on five points.

Portugal opened the scoring in the fourth minute when Sa caught Magnus Rugland Ree dawdling on the ball in his six-yard box and pressed the keeper, pinching the ball from him and rolling it into the net.

The Portuguese doubled their lead from the penalty spot in the 17th minute after Erik Flataker was judged to have handled the ball by the Argentinian referee Yael Falcon.

The captain Felix stepped up the take the penalty and dispatched the ball calmly into the bottom left corner for his third goal of the tournament.

Rodrigo Ribeiro extended the lead further in the 31st minute when he got on the end of a looped header across the box from Sa and slotted the ball through Rugland Ree’s legs.

The 18-year-old striker netted his second goal of the match in the 67th minute, finishing off a brilliantly worked move down the left-hand side that resulted in Samuel Justo picking out a cross for Ribeiro to head home.

Portugal scored a fifth goal just two minutes later when Felix sent a brilliant long ball in behind for Ribeiro who unselfishly turned down a hat-trick chance to roll the ball across for Borges to score.

The victory for Portugal sees them into the final where they will take on the winner of the second semi-final between Spain and Italy which takes place later tonight.

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