The Portugal 'B' Team beat Slovenia 3-2 Tuesday in Rio Maior, 60 kms north of Lisbon, in the first match of the
Torneio Vale do Tejo. Slovenia scored first on 17 minutes through Ermin, fed by Benfica midfielder Zahovic. Three minutes later, União de Leiria midfielder Silas, wanted by various English clubs,
equalised with a fine solo effort. Zahovic himself was on the scoresheet on 36 minutes, converting a penalty given away by Porto's Ricardo Carvalho. Vitória de Guimarães midfielder Nuno Assis
provided some relief before the break by equalising once again for Portugal.
Portugal proved marginally superior to their vistors in the second half and clinched the win on 70 minutes through Rui Miguel
of Vitória de Setúbal, finishing off a cross by Bessa. The match was watched by National Team coach Felipe Scolari, who can only have been pleased with what he saw.
Portugal lined up:
Paulo Lopes (Salgueiros), Bessa (Vitória de Guimarães), Ricardo Carvalho (FC Porto), Ricardo Silva (Vitória de Guimarães) (Pedro Henriques - Santa Clara), Fredy (Académica) (Miguel - Benfica), Lucas (Académica) (Flávio Meireles - Moreirense), Nuno Assis (Vitória de Guimarães) Silas (União de Leiria), Fangueiro (Vitória de Guimarães) (Tonel - Académica), Rui Lima (Vitória de Setúbal) (Ricardo Sousa - Beira-Mar), Rui Miguel (Vitória de Setúbal).
Portugal will play the USA in the 'final' of the tournament Wednesday. They beat Russia
on penalties after the game had ended in a 1-1 draw. The Portugal v USA match will be a chance for the Portuguese to get a little bit of revenge for the shock defeat at the hands of the Americans in the opening match of last summer's World Cup. Slovenia and Russia will play for third place, also on Wednesday.
Portugal will play South Korea in early June, probably the 8th or 11th. The news was confirmed by the new South Korea coach Humberto Coelho. The game will be part of a
tri-nation competition called 'The Korea Cup', Argentina being the other country to take part.
The Portugal 'B' squad for the up-coming Torneio Vale do Tejo has been named by coach
Agostinho Oliveira, 'demoted' since the arrival of Felipe Scolari as 'A' Team coach. The squad looks like this:
Vitória de Guimarães: Bessa, Fangueiro, Nuno Assis, Ricardo Silva, Rogério Matías;
Académica: Fredy, Lucas, Tonel;
Beira-Mar: Areias, Ricardo Sousa, Toni;
Santa Clara: Pedro Henriques;
FC Porto: Ricardo Carvalho;
Moreirense: Flávio Meireles;
Sporting Braga: Castanheira;
Salgueiros: Paulo Lopes;
União de Leiria: Silas;
Varzim: João Paulo, Miguel;
Vitória de Setúbal: Rui Lima, Rui Miguel.
Portugal 'B' open against Slovenia next Tuesday.
Portugal remains in 11th place in the FIFA rankings, published Wednesday. The top eleven looks like this:
10 The USA
The Brazilian Felipe Scolari
has arrived in Portugal to take up his post as national team coach. His first comments were that he was going to "revolutionise the attitudes of the Portuguese players" and that while FC Porto's star midfielder Deco
remains Brazilian, he will not be considered as a potential reinforcement to the squad. Scolari begins Tuesday to prepare the ground for his first test: Italy in Genoa on February 12th.