Portugal took the seventh place and Japan was eighth at the men’s youth World Championship at the Olympic Palace in Tbilisi, Georgia. Japan came forward from the early minutes of the match, but at 18th minute Portugal broke through and never lose the advantage since. Six times the score was level before the Break, but after the break Portugal was the better team.
Rennosuke Tokuda (LB) was the best among japanese and top scorer of Portugal Diogo Silva (RB) with 11 goals, was named the best among the Europeans.
Tsutomu Tokoro (Head Coach of Japan): It was difficult for us, bacause we had no much experience. Positive side is that we played till the end and negative was that sometimes we didn’t believe in ourselves.
Ricardo Santos (Head coach of Portugal): It was a good game. Maby against Russia we could do more, but still we are happy because the seventh place at the World Championship is a good result for a small country with few players to choose. We only begin to work.