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Not a fair result. Portugal coach can’t come to terms with World Cup exit

first_imgPortugal coach Fernando Santos was unhappy with the result after Portugal’s 2-1 loss to Uruguay in the Round of 16 match in Sochi on Monday.With a 2-1 loss to Uruguay, Portugal are now out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and Santos feels it was an unfair result.”It’s not a fair result, we did enough for another result,” Santos said.”Uruguay scored with their first shot on our goal. We are very sad but that’s football,” he added.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEMatch #49 | #URU 2-1 #POR #URUPOR pic.twitter.com/FwUvBn1ljRFIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 30, 2018The match started with Uruguay taking the lead as early as the seventh minute. Edinson Cavani combined with Luis Suarez to compete a series of precision passes to give Uruguay the early advantage with a header. The rest of the half was a drab one as Portugal looked to equalise and Uruguay waited to hit on the counter. But, neither happened and things ended 1-0 in Uruguay’s favour at the half-way mark.Portugal started the second half on the front-foot and equalized through Pepe’s header in the 55th minute. However, the Paris Saint-Germain was not ready to leave Russia on Saturday it seemed. Cavani finished a perfect Uruguay counter in the 62nd with a shot from just inside the penalty area that caught Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio slightly out of position and curled inside the far post.HIGHLIGHTS | PHOTOSPortugal, who won Euro 2016 in France, dominated possession after the goal but their attack did not have enough bite to break through the Uruguay defence twice, leaving captain Cristiano Ronaldo a frustrated figure during the entire match.advertisementThere was a cries of handball late in stoppage time as Portugal had all men inside the Uruguay box in search of an equaliser but the referee was not interested and the Video Assistant Referee didn’t overtutn the decision was well. Speaking about the issue, Santos said that things could have been different but Uruguay were a strong team and they won.Edinson Cavani brace sends Ronaldo’s Portugal crashing out”We are not here to talk about the referee. In football, there are no moral victories and I would have preferred to play worse and win the match. But I do feel that the second half was very good from us in terms of desire and our determination to score. We could have scored more but we lost. We knew Uruguay had played well against Russia and they are very strong.””We tried our best and we played a good game, I think. But you always want to win, and we lost, so well done to Uruguay for making it through,” he added.Edinson Cavani speechless after destroying Ronaldo’s dream Portugal failed to deal with Cavani as the PSG striker dashed their dreams of making a World Cup quarter-final (AP Photo)The 63-year-old signed off by saying it’s a sad day for Portuguese people as they turned out at the Fisht Stadium in huge numbers to support the team.”It’s very sad for Portugal though. There’s a real sadness in the dressing room that we weren’t able to make it through for them.”Portugal will now catch the flight back home while Uruguay will go on to face France at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.last_img read more

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