The Portuguese under-21 football team returned today to train with the complete group in Kodeljevo, on the eve of the clash with Switzerland, of the third and final round of Group D of the European Championship of the category.
During the 15-minute period open to the media, the ‘quinas’ team performed warm-up exercises and included the presence of striker Dany Mota, who had accused physical complaints resulting from Sunday’s victory over England (2-0).
“Dany has a problem. He went to take an exam today and we don’t even know if it will be available. We still can’t say anything at all ”, revealed coach Rui Jorge, in a press video conference, held before the evening readiness.
The Italian striker from Monza was stepped on the face by the English defender Ben Godfrey and was bleeding, having been replaced by Gonçalo Ramos on the way to the last quarter of an hour, after having unlocked the marker in the 64th minute, on the pass of Pedro Gonçalves.
Dany Mota, 22, born in the Luxembourgish city of Niederkorn and with a Portuguese passport, had already been in evidence three days earlier, when he entered the game hour against Croatia (1-0) and took five minutes to watch the goal. Fábio Vieira.
Leader of Group D, with six points, Portugal faces Switzerland, which shares second place with Croatia, both with three points, on Wednesday at 18:00 local time (17:00 in Lisbon), at the Stozice Stadium, in Ljubljana, with a referee from Swede Glenn Nyberg.
Finalists won in 1994 and 2015, the Portuguese are a distance away from a draw to win the ‘poule’ and secure a place in the next stage, which can also be confirmed with a defeat by a goal against the Swiss, except 1-0 or 2 -1, or if Croatia does not defeat the English at the same time, in Koper, also in Slovenia.
The first phase of the U21 European Championship runs until Wednesday and qualifies the top two in each of the four groups for the elimination round (quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals), for the eight best teams to be played between May 31 and June 6, also in Hungary and Slovenia, countries co-organizing the event.