The reigning European champion has fallen. Faced with a valiant Belgian formation, Portugal had to surrender (1-0) Sunday night in Seville during the knockout stages of Euro 2020. And yet, Fernando Santos had tried everything to allow his family to rise in quarter-finals and keep their trophy.
The Lusitanian coach notably did without the services of Danilo Pereira, William Carvalho and Nelson Semedo at kick-off. Despite an attractive face at times, the teammates of Cristiano Ronaldo stumbled on the Red Devils disciplined defensively and a bit lucky. A few minutes after the final whistle, Fernando Santos could not hide his bitterness after a cruel scenario for his team.
Fernando Santos does not accept defeat
“We are disappointed and sad. I have players crying in the locker room. They gave it their all. Belgium had 6 shots on target. We had 29 and hit the post twice. The defeat is cruel tonight. Honestly, I don’t have a lot of words to say now… We all wanted and believed. We had confidence and we were convinced that we could reach the final and win. There is no justice or injustice, we conceded a goal and we couldn’t score, ” thus deciphered the Portuguese coach at the microphone of TVI24.
A disillusionment for Portugal despite all the successive opportunities. But this evening, luck had chosen its camp, even if the Lusitanian technician did not wish to dwell on this factor in his analysis. “There is no such thing as luck or bad luck. When there is a shot on goal and you are in pain … Portugal have several situations, a ball hitting the keeper, a strike hitting the post, you think you are going to score but it did not happen .. The players did everything. They were tired but found the energy to try to get back on track, ” Santos concluded. A page turns for the Portuguese selection, and for its captain Cristiano Ronaldo who played one of his last competitions under the Portuguese tunic …