Tiago Ramos scored, seconds from the end of regulation time, the goal that allowed the Portuguese national team to continue to dream of a victory in the competition. Rui Rocha is a goalkeeper but he was not limiting himself only in defending ... From a set of "warriors", as he called the team, captain Vilarinho, here are the "stars" of today... Ler em português
To Vitor Vilarinho, happy after winning their first victory in the European Football 7 Championship [5-4 against Northern Ireland after penalties], Portugal proved to have a "warrior spirit."
The captain ensures that they "left everything on the field" and that, despite some heavy defeats along the road, the Portuguese national team does not know the word "quit".
Tiago Ramos also did not hide the "great joy" that he felt when he made the equalizer after 60 minutes: "It was a lot of emotion. I never stopped believing we could win this match and we did" he described.
The striker, athlete of APPC / ARDA - Oporto, guaranteed that Portugal was "working hard to one day reach a higher level" and said believing, "these are the matches that make us learn and improve" ... "Year after year we will continue to try to improve and achieve even higher goals, "he promised.
Another - or even "the" – one of the heroes of the day was the goalkeeper Rui Rocha who defended with everything he had and scored one of the penalties that gave the victory to Portugal.
"The goal [2-2 after 60 minutes which forced extra time] gave us a great morale. Then on the penalties, the last two had to resort to the goalkeeper and I was happy. I was lucky to score ... As the field was, I evaluated, and saw that a kick placed volley was enough and the ball would get in“, he described.
The keeper came to fear for a second – those seconds so fast for those who are outside but to the one that is facing the goal while caretaking the burning ball at his feet, it seems to go in slow motion – in which he thought he could fail ... "At the time I shot my supporting foot slipped. I was afraid it wouldn’t get in, “said Rui Rocha.
Followed the penalty shot of the guardian of Northern Ireland ... Rui Rocha realized the design of the shot and did not hesitate, creating happiness to the national team, on defense.
"The goalkeeper of Northern Ireland denounced greatly his shot. I saw him look far into my right side. It seemed focused on the right and in fact I evaluated well. We are to be congratulated because we fought until the end."
When questioned about this match, Rocha rejected the label of "hero", preferring to give merit to all of the team: "The whole team has merit because we put up a fight in a very hard floor, the pressure of being at home; we put up the wet clothes, the desire to resolve quickly. It was a team sacrifice “he described.
"The defeats were bitter but I'm glad achieved the qualification for the World Cup. Of course we had other ambitions and even dreamt about the final and with the Paralympics. It was not possible, and now we will focus on the World Cup", he added in order to balance this test and preview the next.