Portugal coach Fernando Santos lamented on Saturday the elimination of his team in the second round of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, while expressing his wish that the team continue to be led by Cristiano Ronaldo, “who has a lot to give even football.” Also Read - Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo Miss Out on UEFA Men's Player of the Year Award; Kevin De Bruyne, Robert Lewandowski and Manuel Neuer Nominated
“I am convinced that he has a lot to give in football, there is a tournament in September, the league of UEFA nations and we hope he is with us to help the young people, who need the example of the captain,” he said. Also Read - Cristiano Ronaldo to Miss Serie A Games For Juventus, Hints Coach Andrea Pirlo
The coach said Ronaldo knows how to play as a team and that no player can win a single game. Also Read - Juventus Star Cristiano Ronaldo Wins IFFHS World's Best International Top-Scorer Trophy
“I want to thank the players for their delivery, we did our best, but there is no moral victory, only the points victory and I have to congratulate Uruguay,” he said.
“Uruguay scored two goals and we only scored one. We can not say that we made mistakes. We knew they were playing well, we were prepared to face them, we knew they were good in midfield, we tried to beat them back in the first half, we did it well. In the second we had more success, we had two very good chances but we did not achieve it,” he said.
Two of football’s biggest ever stars depart the #WorldCup on the same day as #ARG & #POR are eliminated.
But how will Leo #Messi & @Cristiano’s time at Russia 2018 be remembered?
Having shown sparks of brilliance, we take a look https://t.co/Rx804Qik21 pic.twitter.com/PncxoCHhTl
— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 30, 2018
Santos refused to talk about arbitration and said that his players could lose some concentration at some point in the match.