FC Porto and AD Valongo/Colquímica are the finalists of the WSE Champions League. The two teams will face for the trophy this sunday, May 6, at Pavilhão José Natário, in Viana do Castelo.
In the first game of the day, FC Porto beat Barça (4-3) in an electrifying game with a great atmosphere in the stands. FC Porto managed to score early, Barça reduced before the break, but the team coached by Ricardo Ares managed to increase the lead to 4-1.
Close to the end, Barça still scored twice, but it was not enough. FC Porto will play the 16th Champions League final in it’s history. FC Porto lost the last 11 finals played.
FC Porto (POR) x Barça (ESP) = 4-3 (1-1, 3-2).
FC Porto: Xavi Malián, Telmo Pinto, Rafa, Carlo Di Benedetto, Gonçalo Alves – Tiago Rodrigues, Xavier Barroso, Diogo Barata, Ezequiel Mena, Reinaldo García (C).
Coach: Ricardo Ares
Barça: Sergi Fernández (GK), Hélder Nunes, Ignacio Alabart, Pau Bargalló, João Rodrigues – Carles Grau (GK), Joan Pascual, Sergi Llorca, Marc Grau, Sergi Panadero.
Coach: Edu Castro
Scorers: Rafa (5’), Pau Bargalló (12’), Gonçalo Alves (33’), Xavi Barroso (37’), Mena (40’), Hélder Nunes (42’), Pau Bargalló (43’).
Referees: Francesco Stallone (Italy) and Marco Rondina (Italy)
In the second game of the day, AD Valongo/Colquímica achieved a victory in extra time (6-4) against UD Oliveirense, after a draw at the end of the 50 minutes. The youngest team in this edition of the WSE Champions League is for the second consecutive year in the final. Last year, in the portuguese city of Torres Novas, AD Valongo/Colquímica lost on penalties against Trissino. They will try to win the trophy for the first time. Despite the goal in the first minute by UD Oliveirense, AD Valongo/ Colquímica reacted and were no longer at a disadvantage for the rest of the game. In extra time, two goals by Diogo Abreu ensured a new final.
UD Oliveirense (POR) x AD Valongo/Colquímica (POR) = 4-6 (1-1, 3-3). Extra time: 0-1, 0-1)
UD Oliveirense: Diogo Alves (GK), Xavi Cardoso, Tomás Pereira, Lucas Martínez e Jorge Silva – Diogo Fernandes (GK), Alexandre Marques, Marc Torra, Jordi Adroher, Nuno Araújo.
Coach: Paulo Pereira.
AD Valongo/Colquímica: Xano Edo (GK), Nuno Santos, Facundo Bridge, Rafa Bessa, Facundo Navarro – Gonçalo Bento, Diogo Abreu, Carlos Ramos, Miguel Moura, Francisco Silva.
Coach: Edo Bosch.
Scorers: Tomás Pereira (1’, 29’), Facundo Bridge (4’, 41’), Nuno Santos (27’), Diogo Abreu (36’, 54’, 60’), Lucas Martínez (37’), Xavi Cardoso (43’) Referees: Miguel Díaz (Spain) and Jonathan Sánchez (Spain)
Ezequel Mena (FC Porto Fidelidade) and Sergi Llorca (Barça) – Photo Credit: WSE
Date and schedules of the fixture (local time GMT+1)
18h00 – SL Benfica 2-4 FC Porto;
21h00 – Barça 5-3 OC Barcelos;
18h00 – GSH Trissino 6-8* UD Oliveirense;
21h00 – Sporting CP 2-3 AD Valongo Colquímica;
15h00 – FC PortoB 3-4 Barça
18h00 – UD Oliveirense 4-6 AD Valongo Colquímica
15h00 – FC Porto- AD Valongo/Colquímica