Portugal Coach Fernando Santos has labelled Portugal’s last night encounter with Belgium has “unfair” following a 1-0 defeat that saw his team exit the competition at the round-of-16 stage.
Belgium secured a hard fought victory over the defending champions in Seville, much thanks to Thorgan Hazard’s swerving strike in the 42nd minute that sufficed to send Portugal packing from the European Championship 2020.
The Portuguese team who controlled the proceedings throughout the nineties racking up 24 attempts in total as opposed to the Belgian side with 6 attempts in the contest.
But the 66-year-old manager bemoaned the outcome of the clash in these words;
“It’s an unfair result,” said Santos. “They had six shots, one on target. We had 29 [sic] and couldn’t score even once. The ball wouldn’t go in. Some of my boys are crying in the changing room.”
Portugal captain Christiano Ronaldo however received effusive praise from his manager for the leadership qualities he exhibited during the game. “Ronaldo scored five goals in the tournament, OK he didn’t score today but he was a true captain in every sense of the word. He tried to turn the game around. There’s no issue with Ronaldo.”
On the flip side, Belgium manager Roberto Martinez hailed his team’s mentality and resilience that won them the game against Portugal.
“We showed incredible concentration and defended really well,” said Martinez.”
“We controlled the game and defended well when we had to. We scored a very good goal and then in the second half, as you would expect, the momentum went to Portugal more.”
“We had to show an incredible mentality. Everything was about those aspects of being tactically disciplined and very, very astute. If we had used the final ball and our possession better, we would probably have had a lot of joy from those risks that Portugal took.”