Portugal celebrate
Portugal have been runners-up twice in the competition

Portugal struck late on to beat defending champions Spain and reach the European Under-21 Championship final.

The winning goal with 10 minutes left was a fortuitous one for Portugal as Fabio Vieira’s low cross deflected off Jorge Cuenca and looped into the net.

Spain were the better side for large spells with skipper Marc Cucurella thumping the post with a long-range drive and Brahim Diaz drilling narrowly wide.

Portugal will face the Netherlands or Germany in Sunday’s final.

The Portuguese, who had Wolves’ Vitinha and Manchester United full-back Diogo Dalot in their starting line-up, are aiming to win the competition for the first time having been beaten finalists in 1994 and 2015.

Spain missed the opportunity to lift the trophy for a record sixth time, staying level with Italy on five victories.


Spain U21

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Fernández
  • 22Gil
  • 2Mingueza
  • 5Cuenca
  • 11Cucurella
  • 6Zubimendi
  • 10VillarSubstituted forRuizat 82′minutes
  • 7DíazBooked at 57minsSubstituted forPinoat 66′minutes
  • 14García AlonsoSubstituted forSancetat 76′minutes
  • 17GilSubstituted forMirandaat 45′minutes
  • 18Puado


  • 3Pedrosa
  • 8Beltrán
  • 9Ruiz
  • 12Miranda
  • 13Martínez
  • 15Francés
  • 16Blanco
  • 19Niño
  • 20Pino
  • 21Sancet
  • 23Peña

Portugal U21

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 1Meireles Costa
  • 5Dalot
  • 4Queirós
  • 3Monteiro Pinto Leite
  • 2Cadri Conté
  • 10Santos BragançaSubstituted forSilva Baróat 65′minutes
  • 7Vitinha
  • 8Carvalho FernandesSubstituted forMorris Luísat 51′minutes
  • 23VieiraSubstituted forLopes Pereiraat 90′minutes
  • 9da Conceição LeãoBooked at 31minsSubstituted forde Melo Tomásat 65′minutes
  • 11Mota CarvalhoSubstituted forNeves Filipeat 65′minutes


  • 6Morris Luís
  • 12Arantes Maximiano
  • 13Franco Tavares
  • 14Lopes Pereira
  • 15Embaló Djaló
  • 16Silva Baró
  • 17Barros Soares
  • 18Matias Ramos
  • 19de Melo Tomás
  • 20Neves Filipe
  • 21Conceição
  • 22Neves Virgínia

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