Central do Famalicão predicted a meeting with Iceland and discussed the promotion of the young midfielder, who was called up by Fernando Santos to replace Rúben Neves
Alexandre Penetra spoke today about the sixth victory in as many matches for the Portuguese under-21 football team, in the match against “complicated” Iceland in group 4 qualifying for European 2023.
“It’s going to be a tough game, just like the away game in Iceland [1-0]. We look at it the same way we look at other games. It’s a game we want to win, do our best and play good football,” the 20-year-old centre-back told a press conference.
For the Famalicão player, Portugal must “continue the work that has been done in the last two games, in which the team has done very well, with and without the ball”.
Already on the five triumphs in five days, Penetra said that “the secret is” the result of the daily work produced by the players in the clubs and in the national team”.
Regarding the call of Vítor Ferreira to the Portuguese national team, to replace Rúben Neves, injured, the center of Famalicão expressed the satisfaction of the group when he heard the news.
“We were all very happy, of course. It’s all of our goal to get to the ‘A’ team. He achieved that through his own merit. They’re good examples that we want to follow and we’re working on it. “, he concluded.
Today Rui Jorge called up defenders Tiago Araújo and Bernardo Vital to replace Vítor Ferreira and Nuno Tavares, the latter injured, with Tiago Djaló following the same path as the FC Porto midfielder when he was called up to the team led by Fernando Santos, but his replacement has not yet been announced.
The Portuguese under-21 team, vice-champions of Europe at level, receives its Icelandic counterpart on March 25, at 8:15 p.m., at the municipal stadium of Portimão, visiting Greece on March 29, at 7:00 p.m. (5:00 p.m. in Lisbon ), in Tripoli.
Portugal lead Group 4 with 15 points, followed by Greece with 14, but with one game more. Iceland and Cyprus share third place, with seven points, while Belarus have six and Liechtenstein are bottom, still without points.