August 1, 2021

a European to forget ::

This Sunday, Portugal ended its participation in Euro 2020, after losing by 1×0 with Belgium and he already knows that he will not retain his European champion title. A lot can be said about the quality of the opponents in this participation, but statistically speaking – as our Playmakerstats -, this was a participation to forget, with the Selection of Quinas breaking a series of negative records in the competition.

Let’s start with the conceded goals. All in all, Portugal conceded a total of seven goals in this participation in Euro 2020 – two against France, four against Germany and one against Belgium – making this their worst defensive record ever in a European. So far, the maximum number of goals conceded by the Portuguese team in a European Championship had been six, in 2004 (they reached the final) and 2008 (fell in the «quarters»). In 2016, when he was champion, he suffered five.

In addition, Portugal totaled two defeats, in four games, in this European Championship, precisely equaling the record of 2004 and 2008, the maximum number of games lost by the Portuguese team in European Championships.

Another negative point is that Portugal fell for the first time in its history in the round of 16 of a Euro – it must be taken into account, however, that only round of 16 have been played in Europeans since 2016 -, making this the worst performance ever of the Portuguese team in the tournament. Until now, the worst thing Portugal had ever achieved was falling into the “quarters”. The Quinas team also fell for the second time in a row in the “eighths” of an international competition – in 2018, at the World Cup, they lost by 2×1 with Uruguay at this stage.