Domingos Quina bagged an assist for Portugal Under-21s in their 4-0 win against Gibraltar last night (Thursday September 5) as the 19-year-old impressed in midfield for his national side.
Quina set up Francisco Trincão for the opening goal with an incisive forward pass after nine minutes, following a quick one-two in midfield.
The midfielder was one of four players substituted at half-time after a bright performance.
Quina was born in Guinea-Bissau in 1999 but moved to Portugal when he was eight to play for Benfica and values his contribution to his national team highly.
“My ultimate dream is to play for Portugal in the senior team,” he said in a recent interview with THE HORNET. “Everyone that plays football wants to represent their country; they want to make their family proud and themselves proud. I hope one day I can reach that level and play for the national team.
“I don't put pressure on myself though. If it happens it happens. I know how good the Portugal squad is and I understand that in football it takes time.”
Elsewhere, Craig Cathcart did not feature in Northern Ireland’s 1-0 friendly win against Luxembourg. Manager Michael O’Neill made significant changes to his team, with a number of uncapped players making the starting XI and bench.
Roberto Pereyra was an unused substitute in Argentina’s 0-0 draw in a friendly match against Chile, while Lewis Gordon came on as a substitute to play the final 25 minutes as Scotland Under-19s drew 1-1 in a friendly with Japan.
A number of Hornets still have fixtures over the international break, including Ben Wilmot, who is in the England Under-21 squad ahead of their UEFA Under 21 Championship Qualifier match against Turkey tonight (Friday September 6).
Adrian Mariappa is in the Jamaica squad and Pontus Dahlberg is with Sweden Under-21s. Andi Janjeva is with Kosovo Under-19s and Bosun Lawal is with the Republic of Ireland Under-17s.