FC Porto Fidelidade beat La Vendéenne this Saturday night, 8-3, for the last matchday of the EuroLeague in roller hockey. Having already assured the qualification, the Dragons ended the group stage with five victories and one tie, and already know they will be facing the second team in Group C, which will be either Benfica or Forte dei Marmi, from Italy.
At Dragão Caixa, in a match that decided nothing, the blue and whites had a growing performance, building, especially in the second-half, a comfortable victory over the French team. Hélder Nunes scored the first goal, six minutes in, when the Dragons created many opportunities, but failed to score. Baliu, 17 minutes, scored the second, but the break came with the match at 2-1.
In the second-half, FC Porto raised the pace of the match and the opponent had many difficulties in sustaining the blue and white momentum. Still, the goalkeeper and the posts held the avalanche until minute two, when Gonçalo Alves used all his skill to make it 3-1. From then on, it was all FC Porto, until Alvarinho scored the eighth goal for the blue and whites, with two minutes to go.
After the match, coach Guillem Cabestany revealed he was pleased with his team and, regarding the future in the competition, reminded that the mentality will be vital: “We kept with our plan. We won and had 50 minutes of good moments, regardless of the goals. We created many opportunities and the defence did well. No one stopped working and that’s what we wanted for today. We leave with a feeling that we are well to face the final rounds of the season, when every match is important. About the quarter-finals, we need to be ready, better that in the last two years. We made mistake, we lacked maturity. We may think we have it now, but we need to show it. The mentality in these matches will be vital”, the coach explained.
FC PORTO FIDELIDADE-LA VANDÉENNE, 8-3
EuroLeague, Group B, matchday 6
March 10, 2018
Dragão Caixa, Porto
Referees: Alberto Veiga and Inigo Lopez Leiton
FC PORTO FIDELIDADE: Nélson Filipe (g.k.), Hélder Nunes, Reinaldo Garcia, Gonçalo Alves and Rafa
Also played: Ton Baliu, Telmo Pinto, Jorge Silva and Alvarinho
Coach: Guillem Cabestany
LA VANDÉENNE: Lilian Debrouver (g.k.), Josep Hernandez, Facundo Posito, Erwan Debrouver and Adrià Salvadó
Also played: Mathieu Nicolezeau, Nathan Gegglot
Coach: Miguel Sanchez
At halftime: 2-1
Scorers: Hélder Nunes (6m, 45m), Ton Baliu (17m), Josep Hernandez (24m), Gonçalo Alves (27m, 43m), Adrià Salvadó (34m, 49m), Alvarinho (46m, 48m)