Congratulations to Portugal!
The Handball Portuguese team had already guaranteed the qualification for the European Championship 2020 last week. But it was this Sunday that put an end to qualifying matches. Portugal was already leading the first place together with France on Group C with eight points. Lithuania and Romania both in the last one with 2 points.
The game and the last round of Group C, against Lithuania, took place at the Congress and Sports Center of Matosinhos, full of euphoric fans giving support to our selection.
The initial 7: Pedro Portela, Jorge Silva, Daymaro Salina, Pedro Seabra, Gilberto Duarte, Diogo Branquinho and Gustavo Capdeville were the elected representatives of Paulo Pereira.
Diogo Branquinho opened the scoring in the first minutes. Having Portugal kept the lead until the 9 minutes. The Lithuanian team was able to take advantage of some errors of the Portuguese team to match the result. It even surpassed by 4-5 before the middle of the first half. In the course of the game, Portugal gave back to the result by reaching the break with 3 goals of advantage by 16-13.
Already in the second half, Portugal was up 18 minutes ahead of the score. At that time, Lithuania reached the tie at 23-23. Another 5 goals for both teams and the game was thus closed, with a tie for 28 balls.
“We have had an uncommon commitment since the beginning of the qualification,” adding that “above all, I am very happy, first of all because we have finally found ourselves and the commitment that these people have had from athletes to the administration and the everyone gravitating around the team, congratulations to all of them. ” – Paulo Pereira, National Selector
The European Championship 2020 will take place between 9 and 20 January 2020 in Sweden, Austria and Norway. The draw for the group stage will take place on 28 June.
Sports Partner with the Portuguese Team
Along the great path made by the Portuguese Team, Sports Partner in partnership with the Handball Federation of Portugal has been following closely this is considered a historic qualification for the 2020 European.
This partnership has the application of our Naxos Air Evolution pavement as well as our Handball beacons. It is with great pride that the Handball Federation of Portugal has placed its trust in our products. And above all, we are proud to see the National Team of Handball go the way of the European 2020 on our Naxos Air Evolution pavement.
We hope the best for Portugal. This is the most important competition at European level and one of the most important worldwide!