After being defeated by their Euro 2016 opponent, Portugal coach stated that France’s win was well-deserved.
Fernando Santos believesFrance
win over his teamPortugal
was greatly achieved as the hosts failed to block the goal scored byN'Golo Kante
. The former opponents who met in Euro 2016 with Santos’s side winning the title took their revenge for the previous event by their win in Lisbon.
The Portuguese superstarCristiano Ronaldo
who played full-time had several futile shots and according to Santos this was one of the reasons for France gaining their strength.
"France were better during the first half," the Portugal coach said. "They did what we wanted to do.
"We wanted not to leave them any spaces, not to let them play. We know that it's a team that is capable of getting players in front of goal.
"We managed to do it for 10 minutes and then we had a lot of difficulties. We retreated and France took advantage.
"Placing Coman always on the right was perhaps one of the first causes of our difficulties. This prevented Guerreiro from having the same influence.
"But if we couldn't get down one side, we should have switched to the other and passed between the lines. We did not succeed, unlike what we had done in Paris [a goalless draw].
"France were better. Getting to the break at 0-0 was not quite fair for them. We made a good start in the second half but we conceded a goal.
"It was only then that the team freed themselves. We got three or four chances. But, in general, France deserve their victory."