The reigning champions were second best throughout and can have no complaints against a Spanish side that were dominant and claimed their eighth U19 Euro title since 2002.
A defensive mix-up allowed Ferrán Torres to volley home ten minutes before the interval. The Valencia winger scored his second shortly after half-time to give Spain an unassailable lead. Portugal’s attempts to get back into the game were thwarted by goalkeeper Arnau Tenas but they can hold their heads high after a promising campaign. Olhão born and former Olhanense youth player Gonçalo Ramos, now with Benfica, won the ‘Golden Boot’ thanks to his superb hat-trick (45 + 2 ‘, 59’ and 90 +6 ‘) in the 4-0 semi-final victory over the Republic of Ireland.
Winger Félix Correia, who has earned forty-two caps for Portugal’s youth teams from U15 to U19 level, recently agreed a move to Manchester City for €3.5 million; yet another product of the world famous Sporting Academy.