Portugal and Italy tied (4-4) this Wednesday, in the third round match of the European roller hockey championship, a result that allows the Portuguese to continue dreaming of being in the final of the competition – but it will be necessary tomorrow to win Spain, who currently leads the European Championship by seven points So is France.
The Portuguese fleet started the game poorly and after only three minutes were late on the scoreboard with a goal from Alessandro Verona. The equalizer came through Goncalo Alves, a player for Porto, near the end of the first half (22 minutes), when Portugal was clearly ahead of the match.
In the second half, a new bad Portuguese entry allowed Azzurra to take the initiative again, with Alessandro Verona scoring two goals in the match (27). Portugal were quick to respond and equalized again the next minute, via Helder Nunes. The national team took the lead in the 32nd minute, when Gonzalo Alves scored the second goal and left all the Portuguese on the stand to celebrate (you can watch the audience’s reaction in the video below). Federico Ambrosio returned the score again in the 34th minute, as Domenico Ellotsi fell another somersault on the scoreboard, in the 39th minute. The audience demanded a equalizer and the Portuguese hockey players responded immediately, as Gonzalo Alves scored a hat-trick from the penalty spot.
With this result, Portugal will add four points in this European hockey game, in the three matches played, and it is necessary to win the next two matches, with Spain and Andorra, respectively. The Italians are practically unable to play the last match after today’s result.
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