Portugal players were in tears after Euro 2020 shock exit, says Santos

Mon 28 June 2021 | 7:52

Portugal boss Fernando Santos revealed some players cried in the changing room following their 1-0 defeat to Belgium which eliminated them from Euro 2020.

Roberto Martinez

's men booked their place in the quarter-finals with a 1-0 victory over



The Portuguese dominated in terms of possession and opportunities and had 23 efforts on goal compared with



six. But it was Belgium who grabbed the only goal of the match.

Thorgan Hazard

's fantastic goal before the break made the difference and marked the Red Devils’ first victory against Portugal since 1989.

"We are disappointed and sad,"


told TVI24

. "I've got some players crying in the dressing room. They gave everything.

"A defeat is a defeat. I honestly don't have many words to say right now. We all wanted it and we believed in it.

"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 could not score."

The coach added:

"The players did everything. They gave them what they had and there's nothing to point to them.

"They were tired but found energy to overcome the gap in rest between the teams. But that's no good now, it's just talk."

source: SportMob
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