Baku, May 18, AZERTAC
Portugal reached their second U17 final, 13 years on from winning as hosts, after Diogo Dalot added to Jose Gomes’s seventh in Baku.
Goals from Jose Gomes and Diogo Dalot propelled Portugal into Saturday's UEFA European Under-17 Championship final, where they will meet Germany or Spain.
The Netherlands were matching Helio Sousa's side stride for stride in the early stages – indeed, for the first time in the tournament Portugal started on the back foot – until the predatory Gomes did what he does best, heading in a flat free-kick from the right by left-back Ruben Vinagre.
Gomes demonstrated there is more to his game than just scoring goals. Sixteen minutes into the second half, the No9 found Dalot with a searching diagonal pass. The right-back controlled it, tricked his way past Tyrell Malacia and drilled a shot under Mike Van De Meulenhof.