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Wednesday, 27 June 2012 21:17

Portugal eliminated by Spain

0-0 after 120, 2-4 on spot-kicks

Portugal have been eliminated from the 2012 European Championships, falling to the holders and World Champions Spain on penalties. There were 93 minutes of normal time, during which the momentum ebbed and flowed, but neither side were sufficiently incisive to muster up a goal. Portugal did far more than contain their neighbours, who were decidedly off the boil until late on, but in football’s cruellest psychological lottery, the Selecção came up short. 

As was the case earlier in the tournament, Paulo Bento ended speculation over the identity of his centre forward on the eve of the match, confirming to the press that Hugo Almeida would replace the injured Hélder Postiga. Otherwise it was the same starting line-up that had taken the Selecção to their third semi-final in the last four European Championships, with captain Cristiano Ronaldo winning his 96th cap, and surpassing Rui Costa in Portugal’s all-time appearance list.

Spain’s Vicente del Bosque elected to keep observers guessing until an hour before kick-off, eventually drafting in burly Sevilla centre forward Álvaro Negredo for his first start of the tournament. Like his counterpart Bento, that was the sole change made by Spain’s coach.

Although much had been made before kick off of Spain’s ability to stifle their opponents through dominating possession, it was Portugal who started on the front foot, with Miguel Veloso’s deflected shot yielding a corner with just one minute on the clock.

The Selecção set about their work with purpose and, crucially, cohesion, in a first half display that largely confounded the World and European Champions. The early pace was ponderous, which suited Portugal’s counter-attacking stylings; though a lapse in concentration from Bruno Alves allowed Negredo to lay a pass off for Álvaro Arbeloa. Luckily for Alves, the Real Madrid full back side-footed his effort over from just inside the box, after excellent Andrés Iniesta.

The other major talking point in the build-up to the match had been the proposition of Pepe, Fábio Coentrão and Cristiano Ronaldo coming up against a number of their club mates. The latter was of course given particular attention, and with twelve minutes played, the Portugal captain entered the game, surging down the left flank and forcing a smart interception from Iker Casillas.

Moments later, Ronaldo was brought down on the edge of the box by a combination of Piqué and Arbeloa, who throughout the night sought to double up on the number seven. His free kick, from an almost impossibly acute angle, thundered off the two-man wall, but some excellent recovery work from Ronaldo; coupled with some smart running from Coentrão, led to another Portugal corner. At the halfway point of the first half, the Selecção were very much ahead on points.

It was then that the asphyxiating possession for which Spain are famed began to creep into proceedings. Although Portugal continued to present a live threat on the counter, Del Bosque’s side were able to control the tempo to greater effect during the middle period of the half. A pair of poor deliveries from Coentrão and João Pereira were followed by a rapid counter from Spain, which ended with Iniesta curling a shot just over the bar, with Rui Patrício having elected not to claim a long Alonso ball for Negredo.

Yet Portugal were anything but willing to simply soak up the pressure, and responded once again with an incisive move of their own on the half hour mark. The excellent Moutinho found Pereira with an unerringly accurate cross-field pass, then did superbly to keep his run going and parlay possession out of Spain’s half-hearted clearance. Ronaldo was well placed, but his low shot skidded inches wide of the post with Casillas scrambling.

Spain’s riposte – a pair of mis-hit passes from Piqué and Silva – provided a neat illustration of the half: Portugal assured and controlled, Spain (even with some questionable decisions from referee Cüneyt Çakir) seemingly harried, and some way short of their best.

Although Spain were out early for the second half, they began with a similarly negligible level of urgency. A brilliant ball in from Nani forced a fine defensive header from Piqué, and therefore Portugal – some neat exchanges between Arbeloa and Silva apart – continued to hold their opponents at arm’s length, whilst also offering their own threat going forward. Moutinho was at the heart of everything for the Selecção, with João Pereira and Coentrão also surging up the pitch at every opportunity.

The game was poised on a knife-edge (or a stalemate, depending on your perception) but neither side were able to land the killer blow. A pair of wasted efforts from Almeida drew howls of frustration from the crowd (and his colleagues, probably), whilst Çakir’s pedantic officiating disrupted the flow as the hour mark came and went.

The introductions of Cesc Fàbregas and Jesús Navas was an obvious attempt from Del Bosque to up the tempo, and his side duly applied further pressure on the stoic Selecção. Even Almeida could be seen tracking back and making his defensive presence felt at set pieces, as Spain looked to manufacture the space for Xavi in particular to assert himself.

Meanwhile, Portugal continued to persevere, without ever losing their shape or throwing caution to the wind. A pair of Ronaldo free kicks fizzed just over the bar, whilst Nani had a penalty appeal against Xavi turned down, but whether by design or through mounting fatigue, Paulo Bento’s men remained a largely containing force as extra time loomed large.

And yet it was Portugal who almost won it at the death. From Bruno Alves, to Nani, to Raul Meireles, to Cristiano Ronaldo – the entire move took less than ten seconds. The finish however was wholly unsatisfactory: Ronaldo, forced to check his run by Meireles’ slack pass, swiped at his left footed shot, which flew high over the bar. After 93 minutes of tension, another 30 would be required.

As is often the case, the prospect of defeat – not to mention suspension – was clearly weighing on all 22 players throughout the additional half an hour. Spain displayed more intent – Rui Patrício and Fábio Coentrão kept Portugal in the game in heart-stopping fashion – but this was no kitchen sink effort: both teams were close to spent, physically and mentally.

And so, to penalties: football’s ultimate revenge on those foolish enough to pin their hopes and dreams on the fortunes 22 men chasing a spherical object around a field. Which is to say, all of us. At such a time, nerves are all that matter. When it came down to it, Spain held theirs.

Portugal: Rui Patrício; João Pereira, Pepe, Bruno Alves, Fábio Coentrão; Miguel Veloso (Custódio 105’), João Moutinho, Raul Meireles (Silvestre Varela 112’), Nani, Hugo Almeida (Nélson Oliveira 80’), Cristiano Ronaldo.

Spain: Iker Casillas; Álvaro Arbeloa, Sérgio Ramos, Gerard Piqué, Jordi Alba; Sérgio Busquets, Xabi Alonso, Xavi (Pedro 86’); David Silva (Jesús Navas 59’), Álvaro Negredo (Cesc Fàbregas 53’), Andrés Iniesta.

Ben Shave


Comments (102)
ian london,take some cricket..
102 Tuesday, 03 July 2012 14:46
we will try..sure.we have already won 2 cricket world cups.but the inventors of cricket have never won a cricket world cup!!
Agree: Calma Manolo!!
101 Monday, 02 July 2012 23:08
Spain was the best team at the tournament and deserved to win it for that fantastic performance in the final, but some of your comments are serious exaggerations. Most people who saw the Spain/Portugal semi-final would agree that ultimately the luck was with the Spanish, that game was as close as a football match can get and with a little luck on our side we would've gone through to the final. It was a thin margin. Even many of my Spanish friends have agreed with this, so i don't know why you have to be so arrogant.

Secondly, Spain still haven't beaten Brasil in recent years (have they ever by the way?), so you can't claim to be the best in the world until you've beaten the true football kings (5 times world champions). Best in Europe? Yes for sure, but if you can win the confederations cup in Brasil next year, only then can you claim to be the best in the world. Lastly "El mejor equipo de la historia"? No chance amigo! There have many great teams in history, and just because you are having the best period in your history doesn't mean you can start making claims like this...show some humility please...gracias!!!
harish
100 Monday, 02 July 2012 21:33
Try Cricket matey!! ;)
manolo
99 Monday, 02 July 2012 21:31
You have a great team and won 3 consecutive big titles but we put up a good fight....we need a good striker up front to allow us not to rely so much on Cristiano because we didnt create enough scoring chances. Proud of our team though....i dont believe in luck you create your own luck so lets stop the hating!
@Manolo
98 Monday, 02 July 2012 19:49
Settle down Manolo. Spain has a wonderful team. We don't need you coming into our house and yelling about it to figure it out. Next time act in a civilized manner when you enter someone else's home.
to manolo espana
97 Monday, 02 July 2012 18:09
the whole world know that spain played their worst game against portugal in this euro.their tiki taka was destroyed pathetically.it was only your luck to reach the final.how they defended portugal attackers showed their inability in decent tackling .i know spanish defence have nothing with them to defend a world class player like ronaldo.so,every one saw,they just stood like blocking statues infront of his runs.and what about the handballs..you are lucky my friend.only lucky..thats all.
Sandra
96 Monday, 02 July 2012 15:42
How you can say we did not deserve to win against you is crazy...we had more chances to score and as a matter of fact our goalie did not have one save cause portugal had no direct shots at our goalie...Iniesta could of won it way earlier in the game had it not been for a great save by your goalie! The fact is you had few chances and the ones you had your team would send balls flying 10 yards above the goal posts!!! We deserve it!!! Campeones de europe 2 veces seguida! Campeones del mundo!!!! Mejor equipo de la historia!!!
The Spanish waited until the final to play some decent football
95 Monday, 02 July 2012 07:41
The side I saw last night deserved to win. The side I saw against Portugal did not. Which just highlights the quality of our back line and the rest of the team in general. Lets focus on 2014 now. I haven't lost the belief in this team. There is no better stage than Brazil to show the world's sport fans what you can do.
Campeones!!!!
94 Sunday, 01 July 2012 19:49
Espana campeones de europa carajo!!!! We are the best...more trophies!!!! Visca Espana visca Barcelona!!!!!
Portugal should be in today's final
93 Sunday, 01 July 2012 07:40
I really thought it would be Portugal vs Germany. It just goes to show that you can't write the script. I don't want to see Spain lifting the trophy because I don't think they deserve to be there in the 1st place. The only good football they played was in the extra time from 5 to 10mins. The rest was luck. With a nervous Bruno Alves just missing it...
I'm now thinking about 2014 and the World Cup that is going to be hosted by the Brazilians. Ronaldo will be 29. Technically will still be at his prime. And I would like to see more of Varela. I still dont understand why Almeida wasn't replaced earlier after missing so many chances. But that's all done now. Let's hope Bento who has actually done a much better job than Queiroz. Learns from that. Del Bosque reacted a lot quicker and you could see when he brought Pedro up they become a lot more dangerous. I would like to finish this comment by wishing good luck to our team in their qualifying campaign to the 2014 tournament which I'm expecting to be a memorable one.
Spot On Tony/Ca
92 Saturday, 30 June 2012 20:15
Our starting 11 performed valiantly. We honestly just lacked the amount of depth that Spain had. And also we just lack a top quality striker. If we look at any of the semifinal teams' strikers compared to our own, the striking difference clearly obviously shows up. Spain Strikers - Fabregas/Silva (False 9), Torres, Llorente, Soldado (not even called up but still good!), Negredo. Italy - Balotelli, Cassano, Di Natale, Rossi (injured but otherwise would have been selected). Germany - Gomez, Klose. The plain and simple difference between Portugal and these other teams is our lack of striker options. Considering all this its even more impressive how far we progressed in Euro making it to the Semifinal and being just as good as Spain in the regular 90 minutes. That is a testament to the sheer heart and hard work and quality of our midfield and defense.

All we need to find a solution to is the striker position. We need more quality in depth too, but those players are there already, Bento just needs to continue to build on this good work and call up and integrate certain players who will undoubtedly bring quality to the bench. Midfielders - Danny (was just injured), Manuel Fernandes, Daniel Carrico, Andre Martins. Defenders - Silvio (was injured), Manuel Da Costa, Miguel Vitor. Forwards - Vieirinha, Ricardo Vaz Te, Hugo Vieira. These are all players that I believe can bring ALOT of quality to this team! Bento has done a great job, but I also believe he needs to continue to build on his legacy now that he has won more trust. He needs to continue the good work with the solid starting 11, but he needs to be bolder in selecting these other players who can bring even more quality to the team than the current substitutes.

Personally we all know striker is the main area needing strengthening. I personally have alot of belief in Vaz Te, Oliveira, and Hugo Vieira. What is key though is that Jorge Jesus now has two of our potentially great strikers in Nelson Oliveira and Hugo Vieira on his hands. I was dissapointed H.Vieira chose to go to Benfica because I believe it would have been better if he went to Sporting, for his development as a striker for Portugal. At Gil Vicente he started most times from a center forward position with free roaming dribbling capabilities. Yes he started some games out wide for them too, but if you look at the line ups, the majority of games he started as the center forward. He's got the qualities to be just the type of forward Sporting could have used and Portugal definitely could use. Speed, dribbling, agility and decent finishing.

Long story short I'm almost sure that at Benfica Jorge Jesus plans to have him mainly as a substitute, and even then mainly as a winger. This is terrible news for Portugal. Hugo Vieira needs to be played and developed as a striker. I really hope Jesus plays both Hugo Vieira and Nelson Oliveira alot this coming season as strikers, but most likely he won't and they will be stunted and Portugal will suffer.
bebe
91 Saturday, 30 June 2012 16:31
striker problem is the hottest topic now but in any paragraph i cant see the name bebe,the man utd player.can any one say why?is he a fake talent?
hustle
90 Saturday, 30 June 2012 15:41
Tony, I agree our players attitude has improved on the pitch but we still don't hustle like the great teams of the world. Take italy for example, I always hear that Italy is LUCKY, every team is lucky sometimes, but italy creates so much with their scrappiness that loose balls around the goal that otherwise would be knocked away or funny bounces are pounced on by the italians, many times that 1 goal is the difference in these comnpetitions. We like to to think that we have some of the most talented and crafrty players on the planet and we do have great talent,no doubt. But if I asked you who fields more talented players Portugal or Brasil, I;m sure you would say brazil. Let me tell you, Brasil outworks portugal and most other teams, it may not appear that way because their talent is so obvious, but there is always movement and forward thinking, our players play more lateral looking for the perfect goal if it doesn't appear obvious we kick it back to the defense or sometimes all the way back to the goalie. Although I agree that we are hustling more, just watch the game tomorrow with spain, watch as the italians surround the player with the ball, and then counter attack, they breakout strong and attack their opponents goal. We can learn alot from them. By the way my wife is Italian and I hate listening to her crap when italy wins and I know Italian are love to brag but the fact is when a team wins they are entitled to brag after all results are all that matter.
Some funny stuff
89 Saturday, 30 June 2012 14:28
People are hilarious.

Cardozo is not only not Portuguese, he's played and started for Paraguay in the World Cup.

Quaresma? We're still trying to go to that well. Really?

While I may have agreed that we could have gone to Napoli's style of tactics with the three roaming forwards, it was way too late in time for that. We never once attempted it in qualifiers or friendlies. It's not as easy as putting the players out there.
Since Deco left, Portugal hasn't had a #10. We had Danny, but he was never used as such for whatever reason. We've all shouted about finding a striker, but I also don't see a true #10 coming up from anywhere.
KJ / Barat - Cardozo
88 Friday, 29 June 2012 18:26
No, Oscar Cardozo is not Portuguese.
Steve Post 80
87 Friday, 29 June 2012 14:30
Steve, thanks for your passion and observations but I disagree. It seems you are in a camp that Portuguese players and coaches are satisfied with finishing second and we don't hustle enough, we feel inferior, etc.

Portugal has good players but do you realize we have a lack of depth on the squad? Why do you think we got tired in extra time. Spain brought in players to stretch the game. None of our bench players played for big clubs. We basically had 11 players on this team.

I watched Italy and our defense can match their defense, the difference is in midfield, we have no Pirlo. Did you see the striker options that Italy had in front? That is the difference not lack of hustle. If Portugal ever finds a quality striker and gets a real #10 it will fix the short comings and you won't be commenting about lack of hustle or happy to finish second.
On a positive note
86 Friday, 29 June 2012 13:50
I have accepted the defeat and i have now console myself over the lost. we should thik high, we have to do so cause we allways have good players we do not need to be twenty million before we show the world that we can make it.

we should not relax and say we are fine its okay now we have a good team cause we rich the semis. we may have indeed but we need some changes and fresh bloods.

Moutinho is a good player but he should not be our number ten. we have to find a number ten player, in my opinion he should not be Danny and a stiker. we have to choose between Meireles or veloso who will play diffensive mid. this is a urgent situation and it needs to be solve now.
Quaresma?
85 Friday, 29 June 2012 13:28
I'm also very dissapointed by Bento not playing Quaresma once, not once. I think he's a player with bundles of ability who could bring you something when you need it, to not be given a single chance seems criminal to me.
I respect Bento a lot though, he gained a fan in me for the way he got us playing and I'm very optimistic for WC14.
With a striker, or Quaresma and Nani wide of Ronaldo I think we could've gone all the way, Varela also done well when he came on throughout most the tournament
Effort not in question in the Euros
84 Friday, 29 June 2012 13:04
While I may agree that overall effort has been questionable in the past, I wouldn't say that was the case in these Euros.
Portuguese squads have been less than stellar and have acted like prima donnas in the past. But truth be told, they really played hard in this tourney.
They played Germany to a stalemate, and we're unfortunate not to get a draw. We turned it up verse Denmark, Nertherlands and Czechs. If anything it was our lack of finishing that held us back. We could and should of beaten our opponents in much clearer fashion then we did.
That's what cost us in the end. We were missing that one piece of magic, as was Spain. Our players ran themselves into the ground in the semi, and it showed in the extra time. In going back to watch it again, Spain really didn't pick up the pace, they were just fresher. Our team ran so much more that they were spent.

As for expectations, they weren't that high after the way we came into the tourney. This squad really faltered during qualifiers and the friendlies were less than stellar efforts.
But once the tourney began, let's give credit where credit is due. These guys didn't get it done in the end but they played valiantly.
Positivity
83 Friday, 29 June 2012 12:30
To be fair, Portugal put in a great effort and some players certainly put themselves in the frame to destroy this "Ronaldo & Co" description of the Seleccao. Joao Moutinho was probably my favourite throughout, despite his penalty miss he was faultless and worked himself to near death, the whole back line being excellent too.. The World cup has got to be our last chance for a while for some glory, let's hope for the best
Cardozo????
82 Friday, 29 June 2012 11:18
Someone set the record straight is Cardozo Portuguese???????Someone help Berat/Macedonia out.
Berat Macedonia
81 Friday, 29 June 2012 11:14
ye me too man
even he should've started luis figo and Thierry Henry.why didn't he pick rui Costa even for the sqad.and one thing Ricardo Costa should have been started instead of pep.
different approach
80 Friday, 29 June 2012 11:04
I watched yesterdays game between italy and germany and I wasn't surprised by the result. I have been saying the following for years. The reason Portugal hasn't won a major championship and Italy has several is because of lack of hustle Italy creates so many chances and because they are scrappy and the hardest playing team on the planet. Italian players aren;t better than portuguese players the just work so much harder on the field. They don't give the opponent a chance to breathe. Yesterday they were up 2-0 and were still looking for a third goal. If portugal was up 1-0 we would pull all our players back and sweat it out to try to hang on. Paulo Bento should sit his national team down and have them watch the way italy approaches their games. There aren't any prima donnas on the italian team. If they don't hustle they dont play. One last thing I was in italy back in 2000 on vacation. During my stay there were european friendlies, Portugal play another european team and lost 2-0. The portuguese coach at the time said we lost but I'm happy with our performance. In contrast italy also played a friendly with anoother euro country, I think spain, italy won 2-0 and their coach said we won the game but we did not play well at all. we always accept defeat and lower our expectaions.
please understand us
79 Friday, 29 June 2012 09:33
this is a request portugal.request from a lover and wellwisher from kerala,india who loves portuguese football just like a passionate portuguese.please take my request.i have two.
1)please field an attacking centre midfielder in no.10.a perfect reader.i think moutinho has all that ability and i humbly expect him in that position in wc 2014.
2)please play with two strikers.find them please..
i think these two things will change our game to a better future.more over it will reduce pressure in cristiano ronaldo,the worlds best.imagine a flying ronaldo without any pressure playing his natural game.
I dont know much about the formations in field but think 4-1-3-2 better.
sameera/srilanka
78 Friday, 29 June 2012 04:26
hai sameera.i thank portugoal.net for bringing such a nice friend like you.i know many people in kerala they love portugal very much for their magical football.iam sure there are a lot more in srilanka also.my euro is over sameera.whether its italy or spain i dont bother.my next passion is the WC qualifying matches of portugal and iam waiting for our best performance in WC 2014.i expect your presence here in that days.take care my friend.viva portugal..
LOL
77 Thursday, 28 June 2012 23:24
I wanted to thank Berat, for his comments. I was still feeling down and needed a laugh.
Quaresma
76 Thursday, 28 June 2012 21:51
this Bento is fucking so shit, why one game he didnt let Quaresma to play, he is better than Cardozo or Varela, he has more experience but this Bento is so f*** shit...if Portugal will continue with him we wont do anything in 2014 :@ im so nervous, i want a reason why he is not letting Quaresma to play :@
Shout out to our adopted fans
75 Thursday, 28 June 2012 18:13
Lots of posters on here from all parts of the world who are not Portuguese but have adopted Portugal as their football nation. That's awesome...welcome aboard!

The more fans we have around the world, the more resources we'll have coming into the FPF to invest in our program!
@Tony/Ca
74 Thursday, 28 June 2012 17:31
The players believe they are inferior!!! The coach believes they are inferior!! The players would play more agressive and not on defense the whole game if they were more confident in themselves and did not feel inferior to their opponets. Bento would not institute such negative defensive tactics if he was more confident in his teams ability but he to believes that Portugal are inferior. Example: You watched the Czech republic game and you saw how offensive portugal played and had the ball almost the entire game. Thats because they believed they were superior to the czechs which they were but then when we play against spain we crawl into our little shell and let them hold possesion. We have an offensive team yet we want to play counter attacking football which really means that were not confident enough to actually play offensively so we will park the bus all game and hope that our striker latches on to a 50 yard clearance and hope to god he puts it away. Do you think Vicente Del Bosque decides for his team to play defense all game against a team like lets say Germany? No because he is confident that his team can beat the other team and play on offense. How often do brazil, and Spain park the bus? They dont because they know and believe they are better than anybody they face. Its not there talent or quality of players its the mind set. Portugal at position for position have just as much quality as Spain who are current world and european champions. And about the fans it doesnt help the players when the fans and supporters have such low expectations? If spain were to lose yesterday there fans, and media would have riticuled them constantly because they did not win it all. And thats how it should be. This isnt little league baseball where everyone gets a trophy at the end. Either you win the whole thing or go home because 2nd, 3rd, and 4th mean absolutely nothing. If I had it my way Portugal wouldnt even play in the 3rd place match. Why whats the point just go home and talk to your families and friends about how you "exceeded expectations" what was that getting out of the group? How pathetic is that I didnt know Portugal had the same expectations as Ireland, Ukraine, Poland just to get out of the group. Best player in the world, arguably one of the best defenses in the world, excellent winger in nani, and a good midfield but lets hope we just get out of the group. "Oh you dont want to win the euros?" "Naw winning major tournaments is something Spain, italy, and germany we wouldnt want to impede on that all we do is just get out of the group and win the occasional quarterfinal match" And thats all its ever going to be. Portugal most wins in the Euros without a trophy-Most pathetic stat in football.
harish/kerala,india
73 Thursday, 28 June 2012 17:01
nice to see mate.these part of the world there not many Portugal fans.there are very little football fans and most of them are England fans(i don't know why)aren't they?My story is just like yours. after euro 2000 it was like drug addiction.some times i feel i am crazy.
Supposed "inferiority complex" talk
72 Thursday, 28 June 2012 16:38
To those talking about an "inferiority complex" among Portuguese fans, that's just nonsense. Portuguese people know that Portugal has a good team with some high quality players. That being said, Portugal has never won a major international tournmanet. Unlike other powerhouses like Germany, Italy and Spain, Portugal underperformed in qualifying and looked very shakey in pre-tournament friendlies. We finished benhind Denmark and were in a group with Holland and Germany which both had amazing qualifying campaigns.

So our expectations at the start of the tournament were low not because we have an inferiority complex but because the team wasn't exactly inspiring much confidence among fans. Things changed once we saw how well they played in the group stages, but it was just common sense to be a bit skeptical about how Portugal would perform in this tournament based on pre-Euro results and a number of question marks within the team, i.e. would Ronaldo step up? would our striker problem be our achilles heel? is the deep team deep enough? All legitimate concerns.

I am Portuguese and I do not have an inferiority complex. It's called being realistic and acknowledging unavoidable facts.
Ronaldo PK
71 Thursday, 28 June 2012 16:30
The decision not to make Ronaldo one of the five penalty kick takers was pretty stupid. I can understand if Bento thought Ronaldo wouldn't do well against Iker because they both play on Real and Iker would know what to expect. But at the same time, Ronaldo knows what Iker would be expecting as well. That was a very stupid decision.

Aside from that, we have to be proud with the way the team played in this game and in the tournament in general. They nullified Spain's tiki taka for most of the game and limited their chances. Ronaldo should have done better with the one good look he had which he skied over. Almeida was typically wasteful and should have passed the ball on two occasions which could have set up Ronaldo or Nani to score.

I'm really disappointed to see Spain go through. The more I watch them play, the less I like their style. People talk about anti-football and parking the bus, but to my mind, passing the ball around from your defenders to your midfielders and back again until you find an opening is just as negative and extremely boring to watch most of the time. I hope Germany hammers them.

Ronaldo and co. made us proud. Viva Portugal sempre.
portugal
70 Thursday, 28 June 2012 15:44
Why do the Portugese fans always except 3rd or 4th place finishes?????I am Italian,and us fans always demand nothing but winning it all. You guys have to have that same mentality.
count down 2014
69 Thursday, 28 June 2012 15:38
we lost.i cant control my emotions.iam a big fan of portugal since euro 2000.till now i got only tears.but i never forget the moments that you gave to me.i love you portugal..i love you so much..iam proud of this team.they played with every thing they have.the most important thing is how portugal destroyed the tici taca.superb..i know a day will come very soon.we will win major trophies.come on portugal..come on..2014 is waiting..only for us..
Disappointed but proud
68 Thursday, 28 June 2012 15:28
The boys deserved their semi-final place and made their coin-toss case for the finals. Disappointed, but definitely proud.
where this inferiority complex come from
67 Thursday, 28 June 2012 15:14
this is a sad case i never thought of it before, that we take ourselves so inferior to others. those who said is not inferiority complex go and look at the comments here. the comments like, they exceeded my expectation, i did not think we can reach this far, we are the only team to take them to penalties.

till thy kingdom come we will win nothing with this attitude. i wonder if we are going to compete with germany, spain italy brasil, france and come as a winner of the world cup. that is only by dreams. low confidence, we believe their are gods. when we have best players in the world for the last twenty years morethan spain, italy, germany etc.
Proud of the boys.....
66 Thursday, 28 June 2012 13:47
It was a disappointing ending but overall the team did well....I thought that they played defensively in OT as if they wanted penalty kicks which left me scratching my head.....I felt they should have risked losing in order to win (meaning all out attack) during the OT instead of going to penalties... When the WCQ start I would like to see PB bring in some new blood at the strikers position......Vaz Te anyone????
I might be gutted, but I'm extremely proud
65 Thursday, 28 June 2012 12:25
I'm gutted. I still haven't recovered from the match. A fantastic game.
I want to congratulate the Seleccao on their incredible effort and run they made in the Euros. As some have mentioned, I would never have thought they could have gone this far or played this well. Players that I had been very critical of in the past really came through with incredible effort and skill. Veloso, Moutinho, Pereira, Alves and even Patricio played incredibly well. Coentrao once again, raised his stature and Cristiano maintained his excellence.
I'll go back to hating Alves and others when he faces Benfica, but for a long while I will be feeling very proud of this Seleccao.
The morning after the night before...
64 Thursday, 28 June 2012 11:48
...as much as it hurts (and will do so for some time), what a fantastic Euro Championships it's been. Wearing the colours, flying the flag, chatting with fans across the globe and getting our daily fill of the Selecção thanks to the guys who run this site - brilliant. It's been a fantastic 3 weeks and I'm going to miss it.
Portugal
63 Thursday, 28 June 2012 11:30
Please tell me which country with the total population size of Portugal has been this successful in major tournaments? This team was one bounce, shot or handball call away from defeating Spain. Yes Spain. In the end Spain had yes more luck but just a little more depth and choices of options to take PKs. Now I am not settling and making excuses but at some point the size and "pool" of players you have available to play soccer overall has to factor in. I praise Ronaldo for having the confidence to believe big and think big. Portugal needs players like this. If the media cannot handle that too bad. Let's look forward to WC 2014.
Where's the Fitness?
62 Thursday, 28 June 2012 10:43
Ok, yes we had a good tournament & we were a bit unlucky & we can all go on & on making all the politically correct statements until the end of time.............but let's face some realities. We dominated the 1st half, faded as the 2nd half wore on & were completely spent during extra time. The sad truth is that Spain ran us ragged during the extra time & they were a bit unlucky not to have ended us right there. Maybe someone can explain to me how a team that had 2 less days between matches can play the last 30 minutes as if they were the ones who had the 2 extra days to rest & recuperate. How can that be?
Letter for Ronaldo
61 Thursday, 28 June 2012 09:56
Surat Untuk Ronaldo : Kamu adalah bintang. Seorang bintang selalu diminta untuk bersinar terang. Seorang bintang selalu diamati orang. Seorang mega bintang akan banyak dikritisi orang. Cemoohan mereka karna mereka mengakui kebintanganmu, takut padamu, dan cemburu padamu. Teruslah menjadi apa adanya dirimu, yang tulus membantu sesama saat tsunami, homeless childreen. Jangan hiraukan bintang lain!.

MR7-Indonesia

(Google translated)
Letters To Ronaldo: You are a star. A star is shining bright always asked for. A star is always observed people. A mega star will be a lot of people criticized. Ridicule them because they recognize kebintanganmu, afraid of you, and jealous of you. Continue to be what it is you, the sincere help others in the tsunami, childreen homeless. Do not mind another star!.
...
60 Thursday, 28 June 2012 09:37
GUTTED ! :(
Looking on the future
59 Thursday, 28 June 2012 09:02
This team hasn't disappointed us in the tournament, every player gives his soul to perform what they can, though some e.g Almeida should have better cooperation instead of just shooting missing the chances.
Portugal is not inferior to Spain last night, but PK may be done a bit better. First, I see that before the PK, the players look a bit lack of confidence, which is an important issue though not easily raised in such a tense moment, given Portugal History of best only 3rd in WC, and 2nd in Europe, when compared with other big nations like Germany, Italy and newly Spain. Ronaldo, as the captain should take the 1st or maybe the 2nd shoot, rather then the centra backs. I am not certain if the order of players to go shooting can change after knowing the Spain shooting, after saving the 1st shoot, Portugal should send a good striker e.g. Nani to take the lead and given the pressure back to Spain.
Anyway, all is gone and what lie ahead is the future when luck seems not often stay on our side.

I am a supporter of Portugal since 2006 when the team under Figo and Scolari entered semifinal in WC and the end of the 1st Golden Generation. I have been supporing wholeheartedly Seleccao in 08, 10 and this tournament. I am very happy that under Bento, the previous Quirez just sucked and wasted the chance in 10 WC, now the team transformed from one generation to another with 1st class quality, team unity and spirit and more importantly for Portugal, consistency.
I cannot say that Portugal is among the best 3 teams in the World, but I am sure they can do more in glory, say winning a major trophy. Somethings need to be and I hope that with time, can be improved significantly.

1. A promising striker. I don't know whether this country with its landscape along the sea like a coast, and its history of sailing exploring the world in the middle centures will more likely shape and inspire wingers than striker. Almeida proved to be incapable of being such a person. In the coming 2 years, more chance should be given to rising players like Oliveria.

2. Keep consistent. Portugal needs to show the team unity and selflessness in the future just like now more consistently. It has been common habit for the team to have personal play, lack of team form, lack of attention when gaining a goal, or easily chased by opponent. This hoped to be improved in this generation.

3. Be confident. Please, the players, FPF, fans and media, don't think Portugal is inferior to Germany, Italy or Spain. This is not the case, as shown by the performance. What is lacking is a back up of History of great achievements, like them, which can boost your confidence in knockout stages or PK in tournament. We have already reached the final of Euro, few times semifinals of WC and Euro, and have failed go further. There is no pressure or burdern of losing more, there needs to be more belief. Of course, this is easier said then done.

4. Luck. Which is involved in every part of life, not just football. Maybe we can look in more " full half glass of water rather then empty half glass " point of view. We don't think what we did not achieve, but what we have achieved. We have some achievement in the past tournaments as mentioned before, we have our style of play, we have faced strong opponents proudly and bravely. And most importantly, the players really show their heart.

Finally, need to wait for 2 years before next tournament. Sincerely hope that there is one day, when we can see our beloved team making history in raising WC or Euro !
no luck
58 Thursday, 28 June 2012 08:26
Portugal never had luck in these stage.i mean never.Every time we loose the semi final(66WC,82EU,2000Eu,2006WC,2012EU)
we were the better team man this so frustrating.1 bit luck could brought us at lest 1 major wining.I feel we were cursed by something.So many hart breaks omg how can we take all this pain after pain after pain.It is not only semis can you guy remember 2002 we were playing best football man that match against south Korea i remember that match like a family tragedy.waves of bad decisions.if we draw that day and went to knock out phase we really had the most clearest chance to win that cup.
yesterday we lost by inches man how unlucky was that Alves hit the post and ball goes out next Fabrigas hit the post ball goes in that's how unlucky we are.
and another thing can you guys remember we had a one single penalty in a major tournament i cant remember any.
Also i think we are team who hit the post most in all these finals.
Portugal
57 Thursday, 28 June 2012 07:21
Jogamos bem durante o torneio. Nao podiamos pedir mais da nossa Seleccao. Maldita sorte nos penaltes... mas infelizmente alguem tem de ganhar! Forca Seleccao, estamos sempre apoiar!

We played an excellent tournament, when doubt was in the mind of every critic, Portugal will always be a force in European football... I expect all the Ronaldo haters to be coming out of their dark quiet corners any time now! Well done to our Seleccao!
Półfinał
56 Thursday, 28 June 2012 06:59
Chce powiedzieć,ze zwyciestwo należało się Portugalczykom.Jestescie najlepsi.Od dziś nie zakonczyłam kibicowanie.Kibicuję tylko Polakom i Portugalczykom.Ronaldo moim zdaniem jest najlepszym pilkarzem!! :)
help me
55 Thursday, 28 June 2012 06:35
can any one tell me how to overcome depression of loosing. it is hard man.
Thanks PortuGOAL and Thanks to the Seleccao
54 Thursday, 28 June 2012 04:56
First and foremost, thank you to the gents that run this site. You gave us fans a fantastic outlet to share our opinions/joy/frustrations. It truly enhanced our entire Euro experience. Great job!!!

And thank you to the men of our Seleccao. Those guys, each and every one of them, played their heart out. I can't possibly bring myself to "blame" anyone for this loss when I saw these guys give everything thing they had.

And to the various posters on here questioning the players who took the PKs...don't judge them by the position they play. I've played on teams where our "star" player couldn't make a PK to save his life, while our backup keeper could knock them in at will. So unless you've been attending Seleccao practices for the past 4 years, how would you know who is good at taking a PK?
ON WARD AND UPWARD Viva Portugal
53 Thursday, 28 June 2012 04:47
Good Show Team Portugal. We needed to Win but it was not to be. Lets get ready for Brazil.

thank you for a wonderful Euro 2012!!!
Great Game!
52 Thursday, 28 June 2012 04:14
It’s amazing how people have indecisive minds. Barely four weeks back when the team fared badly in the friendly games no one even imagined Portugal to do well beyond the group stage. Here we have some fellas complaining about yesterday’s tactics and how we could have won.
Portugal was superrrrrrrr yesterday. They played like a real unit. Every player gave his life into the game. Many times the Spanish were so frustrated with Portuguese ball dominance that they were wasting time to reduce the pace whenever they took possession. They really surprised the spanish. Portugal were brave and lost on penalties to the reigning World and European Champions. It’s understandable in the end that they had better nerves.
In my opinion CR7 is the world best player. No doubt about it. We may see Jose get Moutinho to Madrid soon 
Young players
51 Thursday, 28 June 2012 03:30
Any young players coming up that might make the team in 2014 for WC?
Carvalho
50 Thursday, 28 June 2012 02:57
RICARDO CARVALHO WOULD HAVE MADE HIS PENALTY!!!!!!

Just kidding :p.

I'm not going to blame Alves, or anyone else. Portugal played a solid game, and during the 90 mins were the equal of Spain. I'd concede that in extra time Spain were the better team.

We can look at some decisions by the ref that most wouldn't agree with, he definitely didn't give us any calls, but I'd also say that he didn't cost us the game in the end (which was my concern going in).

We can look at a misplaced pass by Meireles on the fast break, but i'm not going to criticize him after how hard he worked all tournament. Perhaps Ronaldo should have squared the ball instead of taking the shot, but we can't blame our most gifted scorer for taking the shot. Maybe Moutinho could have done better with his penalty, but if it wasn't for his tenacity we couldn't have put in the effort to keep Spain off the board during the game. His emergence was one of the real positives of the Tournament.

So, overall i'm very happy with the squad and even the manager (who i was worried about pre-tournamanet). With a little luck we could have progressed, but sometimes you don't get the breaks. Such is life.
5th penalty
49 Thursday, 28 June 2012 02:45
Why are people going on about Ronaldo being the fifth pk taker? Do you people know anything about penalty kicks? It's a proven fact that the most important pk taker is the 5th one, because history has proven that it is the most decisive. Would you it have been better that Alves took the 5th one?
Ronaldo is the captain, and he acted like one. At the end of the day the game was decided by two inches! Unfortunately, things did not work out for us today.
I hope there are this many comments followung Portugal's next game against Norway!
Ciro for Portugal Coach!
48 Thursday, 28 June 2012 02:16
I'd love to see you be our coach just for one tournament, and get trashed! We played a great game against Spain! Now that being said, we didn't have the luck in the penalty shoot out.

Garanteed if we "attacked" Spain we would be punished. If you would rather be slapped 3-0 and attack, than try a better conservative approach and play to our strengths, which is our counter attacking style, then you would go down as one of the worst coaches in Portugal's history! (Yep! Even worse the Queiroz!)
Post 39 (Don't agree with inferior comments)
47 Thursday, 28 June 2012 00:47
Appreciate the passion and respect the post about Portugal thinking it is inferior. It seems like everytime we lose a big game there is one post about how we are satisfied with being second best and Portugal feels inferior, praising the team for a good run but not winning perpepuates our inferiority complex.

Not sure how can make you a correlation between fans posting their geniune feelings and an outcome on the field decided by players. I don't feel inferior and I am sure the NT does not feel inferior. How I feel does not have any influence on the outcome or what the results will be.

The reality is Portugal is a great team that lost a tough game. The fact that Portugal lacks a cutting edge or striker makes it difficult to beat these stronger sides. If you think getting rid of our quote inferior feelings will make Almedia and Postiga better, or we will have a true number 10 go ahead. We need to strive to be the best and have confidence to compete against the best and I do not accept an inferior complex theory as the reason we do not win tournaments.

I don't accept this inferior complex theory and each person is entitled to think, express opinions, but the game is played on the field. Players decide the game and they give it all. We battled the very best in Europe and the reality is lost a tough game and disagree with these inferior complex comments.
Real Striker will bring home cups
46 Thursday, 28 June 2012 00:44
Congratulations on the whole Portuguese team. I am proud of how they fought and played as a unit. They played their hearts out against the defending world and European champions. The reason they came into this tournament with fear is that they barely qualified! But after this tournament I am sure they will demand that they win their world cup qualifying group. I can’t fault anyone’s play, because they played hard. The referee did definitely blow some calls, but not as bad as some other past tournaments. Also, even though the bad calls could have led to something, we can’t be sure. We had a great break away with Meireles who passed correctly to our most dangerous player, but the chance was blown. Almost wondering what would have happened if Postiga had been in. Almeida just hasn’t been confident since he took the money and decided to play in an inferior league. Nelson isn’t up to the task yet. A quality striker would have enabled us to dismantle Spain’s suffocating ball control. Sure they play controlled when they are even, and can even manage to score when they are a goal down early. But what can they do if they are down a goal after halftime. Maybe Germany will be able to test that theory or maybe like the last two competitions they will lose 1-0.

In order to be a feared and respected side, we need a quality striker, end of story. Bento’s mission is to find and develop one in the next couple of years. If we get one, we can then walk into the tournaments as favorites. Sure Ronaldo was stopped, just as Barcelona has stopped him at times in La Liga competition. But remember without his great run and clinical finish, we wouldn’t have beaten the Czechs and possiblily been in a losing penalty shootout with them. The fact that we played the best team in the world to a draw without a finisher should be a great conciliation, that is if we ever get one.

On the penalty’s it is easy to second guess. But the fact is that the players usually volunteer and I give Bruno credit for stepping up. Usually your central defenders aren’t the best ones to take the PK’s but Pepe did great and Alves was inches away from being a hero. Fabregas was inches from being a goat and he is a forward. Maybe that is why you should have forwards instead of defenders take your PK’s. That is the way it goes.

There has been a lot of criticism for Bento. I have also wondered about his choices sometimes, but one thing is clear. He gave his team a unity and confidence to battle and fight, and for that I respect his effort. Over time I think he will become a better tactician, but he has mastered the confidence game. Currently, I think only Mourinho is a master of both, instilling confidence in his teams and out strategizing the other team. Maybe Pep is as good, but we will see once he coaches some other place other than Barcelona.

Overall a quality effort given the odds. But to become the cup winning generation we need a striker to help our talented wingers.
lucky rolls
45 Thursday, 28 June 2012 00:41
They say to win a tournament you need not only skill and a unified team, but LUCK!

Alves hits the bar- bounces out
Fiberglass hits the bar- bounces in

the ball rolls both ways

Spain seemed a bigger threat in the front 3rd but something that Portugal can work on to be a more complete team.

After World Cup 2012 who is left winger replacement for Ronaldo?

No other team has brought Spain to penalty kicks. They can't score on us. Yes we can't score on them but that is nothing to feel less about. It actually came down to lucky rolls.

As far as the refereeing is concerned there was a few missed calls on both ends but the two stand out missed calls were Nani's apparent fowl when he bested two of Spain's men and was on a breakaway, and the obvious handball in the box by Spain. That really should have been a penalty kick.

But, the ball rolls both ways...
Bad result but great performance
44 Thursday, 28 June 2012 00:25
The key now is to build on strong performances against 4 nations in the top NINE in the world.

We need STRONG performances in the upcoming WC qualifying - including against the "weak" teams - in order to maintain top 8 ranking to get seeded and avoid another crappy draw.

Forca Portugal!
Traditional Fear Leads To Traditional Falures
43 Thursday, 28 June 2012 00:21
I would hav;e been happier we lost 3 - o before the penalties than to play diffence. this was our chance to win a cup but we did not take it. why we cannot go over them and play our game. why the hell we were afraid of them. when our we going to win someting when.

To be honest i did not see and i do not see those players of spain you people use to praise. even comparing with this team of portugal. who tell me, xavi or iniesta or who guys. please this spain is just lucky that stupids teams include our own are afraid to play them. croacia was far better than us against spain. friendly match we go as if we are kings when we rich this time we go like a lamb ready to be slotTered by the owner

we did not do enough today. this cup was ours. stop saying we are going home with our heads raise. when are we going to win something. because we never won anything, stop joking. we are not in group stages to play for draw. lost is a lost either on penalties or whatever it may be.

spain, italy, england, denmark, france etc all of them won cups. when are we to win. stop kidding me with those words we did well. i dont want to hear this, i close my ears to those words.

lastly i give up watching football game.
Team Made Us Proud!
42 Thursday, 28 June 2012 00:17
Proud of our team Portugal's performance in this Euro 2012 on the whole! We showed our quality to come out of the hardest group in any international tournament. We beat some of the best teams in the world, and we showed the world that we can match up with the very best and hold our own! Portugal is a great team and I'm very proud of their run in this tournament! We can hold our heads high! The whole team has been phenomenal this tournament and they all earned alot of respect around the world! Veloso and Moutinho should get moves to bigger better teams in the top leagues for them to shine more and continue to get the media regard their talent deserves.

Ronaldo had an outstanding tournament and with the exception of the miss at the end of the second half, he played well in this game decently in this game too. Great performance by him overall overall and he's been the standout player this season on the club and international stage. Deserves the Ballon D'Or this season. In the end it came down to the luck of penalties where anything could happen. In regular time we held our own and matched up completely evenly with Spain! We can be very proud of this team! They're a great team! One thing though, IF we had a top class striker we could clearly be the best team in the world. Thats the one thing we could still improve on.

If only we had a player who could be great there we would be on a whole higher level. We missed Postiga in this game. Almeida as usual had numerous shooting opportunities in the game and his shots were poor ALL of the time, not even getting any one of them on target. Yes he did work harder than his usual self, and I'm proud of him for showing greater effort, but he still for some reason at this point in his career seems to be very very off with his finishing. He used to be so much better back in the Werder Bremen days. I don't know what has happened to him. When Postiga comes back surely he'll reclaim his starting spot as the striker. Nelson Oliveira I'm a big fan of, but he needs more experience decision making to be top at the senior level.

He can only get this if he gets more game time to really develop chemistry with the starting lineup. At this rate though with the track record of Jorge Jesus and Benfica, Nelson Oliveira is not a priority for them and he will still not be given the starting time he needs to develop at that club. Consequently it will continue to be a tough choice for Bento to give him more time. Bento may have to take the lead on this matter and give him more time with the starters in some friendlies for him to become better integrated. In Benfica the situation is the same, they continue to keep Cardozo, Saviola, Rodrigo, and they also just got Hugo Vieira, and some Brazilian called Michel. They've also been linked with some other forwards as well. All this to say that Nelson Oliveira's situation at his club shows no signs of progressing and if as I suspect the club will not sell any of these forwards, Nelson's prospects will be the same - that of a perpetual bench warmer late game sub.

With this situation, he will not develop properly into the striker we all hope for in Portugal. At this rate he won't even be ready as the real deal for WC 2014. I might sound like I'm rambling on, but as I said I'm very proud of this team, they're incredible. But there is one area that we need to improve and that is undoubtedly the striker position. If we had a great striker we could have won this tournament. So likely Postiga will go back to being number 1 but we should still try to do everything to get improvement in this area. I'm hoping Ricardo Vaz Te will kick on and go from strength to strength and do well in the premier league this coming season. But the reality is that West Ham currently is an average team at the premier league level. They would need to make some significant signings to improve their quality throughout their defense and midfield to create a team capable of truly shining.

Either way I hope Vaz Te and Nelson push on and do well and step up even more. Provided that things go well with Vaz Te, my three strikers for Portugal would be Postiga, Vaz Te and Nelson Oliveira. Looking forward to seeing them in the team in the next upcoming games and for WC qualification. Anyway proud of this team Portugal! They've had a great run in the Euro and earned alot of respect again in the world! Well done! Forca Portugal!!!!!
Proud of the Team
41 Thursday, 28 June 2012 00:09
Have to give the whole squad a big thumbs up they tried real hard and really outclassed Spain for long periods it was only in extra time when nervousness allowed the Spanish to string a few passes together.

Like Italy Spain relies a lot on penalty shoots outs, and offside goals to get them through a tournament.

Today was prime example.. Portugal were unlucky.. Spain very lucky.. Alves was a couple of inches from getting that in.. and Fabregas was a couple of inches from that bouncing out.

Although Alves erratic passing during the tournament in my mind didn't make him a candidate to shoot.. but in fairness he hit is well and slightly off.. can't blame him too much.

Congratulations to Spain and there fans.. and to all the other fans as this tournament was a great open affair most of the time.. some great football..

Anyways bittersweet as both my teams.. England & Portugal went out by the dreaded shoot-out.

Hoping Germany wins.. so that my cousin in law can have a good time...

Also Bento I feared would cause us issues and he did not bar.. a few errors.. that never cost us he had a good tournie.. and even Patricio stopped a great shot to day and was unlucky not to stop more.

Cheers
Viva Portugal
40 Wednesday, 27 June 2012 23:51
Thank you so much to the Portuguese soccer team!! You played an amazing game! :)
Ronaldo is the best player in the world!!
Pepe is the best defender in the world!!
God bless. Forca Portugal!
Can Portugal Please stop believing they are inferior?
39 Wednesday, 27 June 2012 23:37
I am so sick to the point of vomitting after seeing the fans reactions and the players reactions to the loss. How can any of these fans and players be happy with this Euro cup run? Maybe you werent watching but Portugal lost today I dont know at any point in sports that has been a positive or something to be happy about. Why is it that Portugal go into every tournament with such low expectations? Its always: "Just make it to the semi finals" How about one time Portugal go into a tournament without an inferiority complex and say "We have arguably the best player in the world. A great defense and a very functional midfield and we will not settle for anything other than winning the whole tournament" Do you think before the euros spain were saying to themselves; Well getting out of the group would be nice and if we make it to the semis and get beat thats succeeded our expectations. NOOOOOOOO because they strive to win and thats all they care about. Why do you think Spain, Germany, Italy, and Brazil alwayd do so well? Because they devote themselves to one common goal and thats to win everything not just make expectations.

Portugal are just as good as Spain at passing the ball yet they decide to sit back and play defense because they believe they are inferior. Ill never forget watching the U-20 World cup final Portugal vs Brazil and Portugal were far better going forward and more dangerous in attack but decided to sit back and let Brazil control the game and they ended up losing. But hey they made it to the final and came in second place so that lived up to everyones expectations so its something to be proud of. Please the day Portugal say hey we are just as good if not better than Spain, Germany, Italy, and Brazil they will win a major tournament. But until then it will always be semi finals play for 3rd and 4th place.

Please players, coaches, and fans Portugal are truly world class and can beat any team in the world handily if they believe they can. No more feeling of inferiority and Portugal will win a major tournament.
Bento
38 Wednesday, 27 June 2012 23:24
Bento has come out and stated he chose the line-up for the penalty kicks, if this is true and he's not protecting Ronaldo, then I'm sorry but we lost this game on a bad tactical decision. As soon as Rui blocked the first we needed to apply pressure and put our best player forward to put all the pressure on Spain. Ronaldo not taking one and standing there watching us lose was humiliating. I'm so disgusted and I don't blame Bruno but as much as I love this team and Bento I truly do believe he completly screwed up the penalty kicks with the line up. All the momentum would of been ours after the first. I don't care how much Iker know's Ronaldo - Ronaldo or even Nani should have applied the pressure on Spain as soon as the first was blocked by Rui -who by the way played outstanding.
great effort
37 Wednesday, 27 June 2012 23:24
Oh well as they say,there's always next time.Although i don't understand why people are critising the NT,they were the better team more willing to go forward,more positive with the ball than the negative spainish play,we were only lacking one thing......LUCK..I am proud of the whole team,a great effort.

FORCA PORTUGAL FORCA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ref miss hand balls
36 Wednesday, 27 June 2012 23:09
i agree with roberto. portugal should have gotten a least one pk in reg time. the refs did not call two hand balls, how did they not see that in close range. on the pks why putting defenders to kick pks which they never shoot at goal except for headers. the coach should have put midfielders or forwards for pks, more experienced shooters, big mistake from bento. also like to say why the hell did mouthino kick so slowly.
very good game and frustrating.
Well done guys !!!!!
35 Wednesday, 27 June 2012 23:04
I think everyone must be proud of the game Portugal did . For me it was like the most emotional Euro I've ever seen and yes , I want to thank all the players for this . Why wouldn I be happy , we exceded all the espectations and showed the whole world what the Seleccao are capable of . I am really optimistic about the future of this team and strongly believe now more than ever that the next competition (World Cup 2014) will be ours !!
pride
34 Wednesday, 27 June 2012 23:02
Immensely proud the way the team played and how far we got . I think we showed we're not just Ronaldo and 10 others .

Let's build on this over the next 2 years and get to Brazil !

FORCA
forca portugal
33 Wednesday, 27 June 2012 22:48
Maldita sorte
chance...??
WTF?
32 Wednesday, 27 June 2012 22:33
Is there a bigger POS thing to do online (within reason) than to seek out a website devoted to fans of a national team you apparently do not like just to talk crap after a gut-wrenching loss in which your own team wasn't even involved? Seriously, can the webmaster edit that crap out of here? Don't give that moron the satisfaction of riling people up or seeing his stupidity online.

Portugal played its collective heart out and just couldn't find that one moment to grab the victory in regular time. Shootouts are a mofo, and it's no shock it was Spain who had all the luck at the end. Anybody else notice that Alves' miss hit almost the same part of the bar as Pepe's miss against Germany?

Hopefully the team can keep this going, qualify with ease (for once) and take this heartbreak out in 2014. Spain is the better, more talented/skilled team, yet it seems to play every match for a lucky slip of the defense that provides an opening for a 1-0 win. It's really frustrating to see them have so much success with it because it's a pretty negative way to use all that ability. It's about playing to strengths and winning, but it takes more than a little luck to keep squeezing by teams like this. I'll be rooting very hard for Germany the rest of this week.
Thank you Seleccao! We are proud!
31 Wednesday, 27 June 2012 22:31
When choosing who to take penalties, players volunteer. Those 4 players volunteered and did their best. Ronaldo was to be the 5th penalty taker but it didn't get there. I reckon he didn't shoot first because Casillias knows him as club teammates.

It sucks that we aren't in the final, but Portugal we're excellent. If we had a decent striker we would have been in the final. Now we just have to focus on the World Cup 2014 which will be our best chance at a major trophy. We should cruise through qualifying and make our 8th straight apperance at a major tournament. Thank You Portugal for an amazing tournament. I'm happy with how you did and we just need to get better and try out younger players and build experience. I can't wait to see them in their next game against Luxembourg on the 7th of September! And a big thank you to the entire Portugoal team for their coverage on the Euros. My first resource for Portugal and Portuguese football!
ronaldo
30 Wednesday, 27 June 2012 22:29
I agree he a very good game, but when you need that cutting edge he didn't have it . He only wanted the glory by taking the last penalty,Should of been 1st to show his captains arm band.
too bad
29 Wednesday, 27 June 2012 22:21
We lost the game when at the 90th + min. when Ronaldo could not deliver on a pathetic pass from Meireles. The finishing touch said it all. In penalties you can have the best player in the world and it won't make a diff. Portugal had to win this one before time was up. Too bad.
Portugal=0
28 Wednesday, 27 June 2012 22:19
Zero shots on goal for Portugal!! Ha ha ha
Honestly..
27 Wednesday, 27 June 2012 22:15
I am very proud of our boys, although I think Ronaldo should have been 3rd in line to take a penalty shot. But it is what it is..can't complain on how great Portugal played.

Once again, thank you for trying and we are confident that ONE day, we will win and win BIG.

FORCA PORTUGAL!!
Wonderful Football Play Portugese Team !!!
26 Wednesday, 27 June 2012 22:15
Sorry friends - fotball fans i Portugal , Yours team was beter but they haven't happiness . Remember ... don't worry , be happy ...in future yours football team be winners . Greetings for all Portugese football fans ... from Poland .
Nobody is talking about the referee??
25 Wednesday, 27 June 2012 22:11
This filho da puta cost us the f**king match! Absolute bullshit decision making on his part. On two or three occasions we were on a break and he calls the play back because Busquets or PedrHO is on the ground crying. Are you kidding me? I hope your happy Platini you'll get the Spain - Germany final you stupid asshole. Spare me I'm over come with so much emotion and we deserved to win. We played with heart and left everything on the pitch and we coped with the shitty refereeing decisions. I knew Alves would screw his shot and Fabregas gets a lucky bounce of the post. It's not fair at all. F*ck those cheaters. Justice must be served. I hope Germany kills them.
No shame
24 Wednesday, 27 June 2012 22:10
this squad far exceeded my expectations....

KUDOS!!!!
Viva Portugal!
23 Wednesday, 27 June 2012 22:10
They return home with their heads held high. Penalties are an awful but necessary way to settle games. Portugal was the better team over 90mins. Spain was better in extra time. I think fatigue played a part.

But otherwise, a successful tournament. We lit up Euro2012 and most people are sad to see us lose.

Forca Portugal!
vito milan
22 Wednesday, 27 June 2012 22:08
your a goof, did u not watch this game today??? IN NO WAY DID SPAIN DOMINATE THE GAME! The better team definitely lost today, I can only hope Germany can knock off Spain, in all honesty Spain were lucky in this one, Im not quite sure y alves was up to take the penalty when we still had Ronaldo, Fabio, Valera and those guys, but it is what it is. I am very proud to be Portuguese and very proud of our men, they should world class in this tournament, im just ever so frustrated that yet again we fail when we are so close......
Did Not Do Enough
21 Wednesday, 27 June 2012 22:07
First, very happy NT made to semi-finals. It was a good run and the team played with honor. We just came up a bit short and I will not fault the players or effort.

I am sure the PK shootout will cause alot of discussion about the PK order etc. We had a chance in the PK and Rui came up big, I can't blame him.

Overall, we lost this game because we did not do enough or have enough quality to create scoring chances. The lack of a quality striker really showed and maybe more flair in the midfield showed.

This team is a very competitive team with heart but just needs a bit more cutting edge. Lets hope we can fix it and make a good run for WC 2014.
Nada!!!
20 Wednesday, 27 June 2012 22:06
Mesma merda!!
Vito Milan
19 Wednesday, 27 June 2012 22:06
We like to earn cups. Not cheat for them.
hard luck
18 Wednesday, 27 June 2012 22:05
Proud of all the guys!A fantastic tournament! Learn from the mistakes and start from tomorrow morning searching for a missing number 9!
One thing was proven. We need a real Striker!
17 Wednesday, 27 June 2012 22:02
Almeida had chances and did nothing. Oliveira barely made a dent.
Jao and Ian
16 Wednesday, 27 June 2012 22:00
Go beat off to pictures of your mother if you have nothing of interest to do. You two are complete wastes as human beings.
Nothing to be ashamed of.
15 Wednesday, 27 June 2012 21:58
Regardless that I disagree with the selection of PK takers, it could just as easily have been Spain losing. Xabi was saved, and Fabergas a few millimeters left and he would have missed. Not letting Ronaldo take the PK doesn't bother me though. In big spots, he has missed big too with PKs.
Alves
14 Wednesday, 27 June 2012 21:58
Dont blame Alves is not like Ronaldo is a gurantee goal! Besides Roni did not yet again....120 mins....nothing!
after game
13 Wednesday, 27 June 2012 21:52
e sempre a mesma merda
Good Jobs
12 Wednesday, 27 June 2012 21:51
Love it or hate it that the game of soccer. This was a very successful tournment for us. Good jobs boys! Please people take it easy on the national team they exceeded our expection...

Forca Portugal!
@Jao berlin + ian england
11 Wednesday, 27 June 2012 21:48
i don't think i could possibly write how STUPID U sound right now give it up ronaldo didnt have a bad game. He was 1 of our biggest threats throughout the game. Ppl like you are always quick to criticize ronaldo just because he doesn't score a goal or play to your liken. The only problem came at the dead end Ronaldo should of taken the first penalty
Great Game!
10 Wednesday, 27 June 2012 21:46
Fantastic effort by Portugal for the first 90 minutes today. Very proud of this team. It could have been their game. I am not going to mention about why Alves was taking a penalty kick. I will leave that to the rest of you.
Cruel way to go out!
9 Wednesday, 27 June 2012 21:45
I thought we edged it over the 90 but how costly the chance at the end of normal time? Once we were in extra time there was only ever going to be one winner. Gutted.
No shot on goal...
8 Wednesday, 27 June 2012 21:44
See subject.
Good tournament - Patricio was great
7 Wednesday, 27 June 2012 21:44
Portugal outplayed Spain for 90 minutes. Spain dominated Portugal and but for Patricio, Spain wins in extra time.

I don't understand why Alves is taking a penalty when he struggles with basic passing. Varela or Pareira or Contraeo have to be bettter options.

If Ronaldo kicks 4th and makes it, Portugal still likely lose. Someone has to kick 5th. Blaming this on Ronaldo is easy and pathetic.

I thought Patricio was terrific and by saving the first one, he gave Portugal a chance. Any concerns over Patricio being a weakness were erased. He shined as a standout like many of Portugal's other stars.
Bad!
6 Wednesday, 27 June 2012 21:40
You guys ever going to win anything? We can give you one of our cups! Your Ronaldo did nothing when it mattered....again!
so proud
5 Wednesday, 27 June 2012 21:38
Couldn't possibly be more proud of the players for the way they all performed tonight. Everyone was great. It was an awesome tournament for us, just no fairytale ending unfortunately. It's late, and I'm disappointed in the result (NOT the players), so I'll just say that I can't wait til WC 2014 qualifying in September, so I can cheer on the Seleccao once more! Forca Portugal!
ronaldo
4 Wednesday, 27 June 2012 21:37
one hell of a glory hunter
Bruno Alves?!
3 Wednesday, 27 June 2012 21:36
Why would we go with Alves ahead of Ronaldo, Oliveira, Varela and Coentrao?!!!!!!!!!

Should have gone with those 4 and Nani with the PK's. Sorry, I disagree that penalties are a lottery. It's about preparation and execution just like any aspect of sport.
Alves on PK? I know right!
2 Wednesday, 27 June 2012 21:35
I knew Alves on the PK lost us the game before he even took the kick. Made no sense from a coaching stand-point, and Bento paid for it. Great run, but when will the agony end with us on the international stage? I'm proud of the team, but Bento should of known of the risk he took with Alves on the PK.
Ronaldo
1 Wednesday, 27 June 2012 21:32
Did the worlds best player (his words) score in 120 minutes? No he went missing again when it matters....very dissapointed!

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