Penalty miss is unfortunate, we lost with pride: Portugal coach


Portugal exited the quarter-finals of the Euro Championship after losing to France in a tiebreaker. Experienced footballers like Cristiano Ronaldo and Pep could not play the last Euro of their career. On the other hand, the team of Kylian Mbappe, a small fan of Ronaldo, has formed a pair with Spain in the semi-finals.

The two teams ended the 120-minute breathless match in Hamburg, Germany on Friday night in a goalless draw. The last laugh was on the French’s face as the game ended in a tiebreaker.

After the disappointing exit, Portugal coach Roberto Martinez said, ‘Penalty miss is unfortunate. we lost But we lost with pride. Gave every minute everything in true Portuguese style. Our tournament is over. But we won’t stop here. In future we will give everything.’

Portugal’s Juan Felix missed the tiebreaker shot. Coach Martinez comforts him and stays by his side. In this regard, he said, ‘There is no fault in Huao Felix’s penalty miss. It’s unfortunate.’

The Portugal coach added, ‘The whole squad supported each other. Huao had great control of the game despite missing the tiebreaker. He worked hard. That penalty miss is unfortunate.’

As previously announced, Cristiano Ronaldo has played the last match of the Euro. However, it is not clear whether the famous international career of ‘CR-7’ has come down.

Even though he couldn’t score, Ronaldo scored in the tiebreaker. The 39-year-old forward squandered easy chances in the match. This is the first time this Portuguese star has remained goalless in a major event in the country’s jersey.

After the referee’s final whistle, the centerback cried with his head in Pepe Ronaldo’s arms. The 41-year-old defender is also waiting for his international career to end.

“What Pepe has shown in the tournament is great,” Martinez said of Pepe. Not just during matches. He also supported colleagues in training sessions. Pepe is a role model in Portuguese football. What he did in this match and during the tournament will be an example for us and the next generation.’

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