U19 EURO: It’s Spain vs Portugal in Yerevan

Portugal’s U19 side will compete in their third successive U19 Euro Final when they face seven-time winners Spain at the Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium today in Yerevan, Armenia.

Portugal have a proud record in the tournament, winning the UEFA Youth Tournament in 1961 and the UEFA European Under-18 Championship in 1994 and 1999 after being beaten finalists in 1988, 1990 and 1992.

Since the tournament became the UEFA European Under-19 Championship in 2002, Portugal lost in three finals (2003, 2014 & 2017) before breaking through in 2018 when they beat Italy 4-3 in the final. The current crop of players have a unique chance to go back to back, but it won’t be easy against a Spanish side that have had a stranglehold on the competition.

Seven-time winners Spain have a quality side that will be a tough test in Yerevan. Left back Juan Miranda displayed his skill in the group match but Spain’s attack is arguably their strong suit.

Wingers Bryan Gil and Ferran Torres are constant threats with captain and striker Abel Ruiz doing well after missing the first match against Armenia. Spain showed that they have the ability to cause Portugal problems which should make for a fascinating tactical battle today.