″It was the seventh penalty and I was afraid to go to the eighth. I said I was going to solve that″

Gustavo Galil, Leça’s goalkeeper, scored the penalty that decided the tie against Paredes,

The Brazilian goalkeeper Gustavo Galil reproduced this Wednesday Ricardo’s mastery at Euro’2004, by noting the seventh and final penalty by Leça, after catching two by Paredes, heading for the quarters of the Portuguese Cup in football.

“I was the one who asked to score. It was the seventh shot and I saw a huge indecision in midfield to see who would charge. I was very confident, prepared and had trained during the week. When I saw that indecision there and no one else I wanted to hit, I said. I could be happy and help the team,” confided to journalists the 23-year-old player, unlikely hero of the match played at Estádio do Leça FC, in Leça da Palmeira.

Leça beat Paredes in the penalty shoot-out, by 6-5, after 1-1 in extra time, in the game between the only resistant clubs in the Portuguese Championship, fourth national division, to return to the “quarters” of the “queen” competition 26 years later.

Nani advanced the leader of Serie C on the scoreboard, in the 27th minute, but Ismael, with a penalty, returned the tie to the “runner” of Serie B, in the 41st minute, who dragged himself to the “lottery” at the 11 meter mark, where Gustavo Galil revived the status of “hero” of Matosinhenses.

After having already stopped four out of five possible kicks against the prime-divisional Arouca, in the third round, on October 17, the “guardian” remained intractable in goal, as he stopped the kicks of Ismael and Ema, against a stoppage by Marcos Marco Ribeiro against Paulo Lopes, and took the ball to perpetuate another afternoon of “dream” in Leça.

“It was taking too long [risos]. It was the seventh penalty and I was afraid to go to the eighth and ninth. I said straight away that I was going to solve that”, joked the Brazilian, who almost perfectly imitated Ricardo’s epic moment for the Portuguese team at Euro’2004, immortalized on June 24 of that year, at Estádio da Luz, in Lisbon, with England.

Access to the “socks” of the tournament held on national soil, in which the “quinas” team would be European runner-up, was resolved on penalties, after 2-2 in 120 minutes, with the then Sporting a goalkeeper a see David Beckham shoot over the bar in the first shot of the English and, in the seventh, impose himself in the duel with Darius Vassell.

Immediately, Ricardo took off his gloves and sealed an epic victory for Portugal before David James, by the same 6-5 that Leça defeated Paredes and placed a fourth-tier club in the quarters of the Portuguese Cup for the first time since 1999 /00, when Dragões Sandinenses, then in the III Division, only lost against Sporting (0-3).

“The feeling is hard to describe, because it is, once again, a very special moment in my career. I’m very happy and I just want to enjoy it. I’m going to Brazil now. My flight will leave in two hours, but I have to be on the airport inside one. I’ll be able to be close to family, friends and girlfriend,” said the “guardian” from the state of Minas Gerais, who didn’t need to take off his gloves to transcend himself, along the pitch.

The usual substitute for João Pinho in the Portuguese Championship, Gustavo Galil had already started in the previous rounds of the Portuguese Cup, contributing to the triumphs over Gil Vicente (1-0) and Arouca (2-1 on penalties, after 1-1 on the extra time), both from the I Liga, Lusitânia de Lourosa (1-0), from Liga 3, and Sporting de Pombal (4-0), from the district levels.

“Whoever comes. Of course, if a “great” team comes, it will be a special moment and game. For sure, we will be prepared to dispute the tie. Now, our focus now is to rest. We will have a few days of vacation and then go back to work and think about Alvarenga”, he stressed, pointing to the next match in the Portuguese Championship.

Leça has already equaled the best performance ever in the “queen” competition, established in 1994/95, when, then in the II League, it was thrashed in the reception against FC Porto (0-4), having received it midway through the 2018/19 season Gustavo Galil, then hired by Sobrado.

“I don’t mean that I’m an expert [a defender penáltis], because I still have a long way to go and I have to prove more every day. It’s a moment of great gratitude for me. I had a lot of idols. Buffon, Julius Caesar and, more recently, Ederson. When it comes to penalties, I had Diego Alves, who is a specialist”, concluded the also former Sport Canidelo and Varzim B junior goalkeeper.

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″It was the seventh penalty and I was afraid to go to the eighth. I said I was going to solve that″