Portugal's national team has won Argentina, Portugal got its sixteenth Rink Hockey World title by winning 2-1 in the penalties in a very close final at Palau Blaugrana, whose regulation time and the extension had ended without goals. It was 16 years ago, since Oliveira de Azemeis 2003, that Portugal did not win the world title.
For the first time in history, a World Championship final ended with 0-0 on the scoreboard, a result that has not prevented a great spectacle from being seen, both on the track and in the stands, in which some 5,000 spectators, the great majority of Argentines, who have given a great atmosphere to the Palau Blaugrana.
The great performance of both goalkeepers, Angelo Girao, elected MVP of the final, and Valentín Grimalt, have prevented them from seeing goals in the regulation time and the extension, in which the Portuguese goalkeeper has stopped two maximum penalties. In the penalty shoot-out, Carlos Nicolía and Gonçalo Alves have scored the first two pitches, Helder Nunes has done it in the third to place the 2-1 for Portugal and after the failures of Lucas Ordóñez and Rafa, the Girao stop shot by Matías Platero in the fifth has given the title to Portugal.
"Winning the title at the Palau, which I know so well, and after so many years without Portugal being able to conquer it, has been one of the most beautiful things I have ever lived and will always remember," said FC Barcelona player Joao Rodrigues.
The third place was for the host, Spain, who in the match for the bronze has beaten France 5-0 in a very comfortable match that Alejandro Dominguez's men had already started on the break (3-0) with goals by Ignacio Alabart, Nil Roca and Albert Casanovas. Two new goals by Jordi Adroher and Toni Pérez in the second half have sealed the Spanish victory.
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