Already with the qualification for the quarter-finals secured, Portugal needed to beat Ukraine to confirm the first place of Group C. And that was what happened, with the four Benfica athletes present being decisive.
The benfiquistas Bruno Coelho and Tiago Brito scored the two goals that put the Portugal National Team in front at half-time (0-2), however, in the 2nd half, Razuvanov and Korolyshyn put the match back on level terms! Pedro Cary, Nilson and Ricardinho responded and sealed the win, despite Petro Shoturma's goal in the final moments: 3-5!
Portugal will now face Azerbaijan in the quarter-finals and avoids Spain. The match will take place on Tuesday, February 6th.
Portugal's starting lineup: André Sousa; Pedro Cary, Bruno Coelho, João Matos and Ricardinho.
Substitutes: Bebé, Vítor Hugo, André Coelho, Tunha, Nilson Miguel, Fábio Cecílio, Márcio Moreira, Pany Varela and Tiago Brito.
Text: Sónia Antunes
Pics: SL Benfica