“Whoever has opportunities and fails to score, either because the opposing goalkeeper was very good, or because he hit the crossbar, or because he failed, and whoever succeeds wins, that's called effectiveness. And in life we have this. And here Portugal played, played, played and played, but it wasn't effective”, he lamented, speaking to journalists after watching the match between Morocco and Portugal (1-0).
“We didn't score. So we had five or six opportunities. Morocco had two, three. He did one and could have done one more. We had five, six. We can do one or two. But I wanted to thank the Portuguese team for taking us to the quarterfinals, people are very ungrateful and when you lose you don't have the same enthusiasm as you had in the last game, I wanted to thank them for what they did”, he said.
“And I would especially like to say a word to Cristiano: nobody knows what the future is, but there will only be another World Cup in four years, with a final phase. It may happen that he, like other players who have been around for a long time, will not have the opportunity to play again in a final phase of the World Cup, I would like to thank him for what he has done in many World Cups and many European competitions and to him and others on the team, what they did for Portugal", he underlined.
"This time it didn't work out, I think Morocco won and deserved to win but we did what we could have done to reach the quarterfinals but we weren't effective", added the President of the Republic.
Congrats Morocco on your much deserved win! Zero sarcasm. I hope you win the world Cup. If you don´t, I´m still happy that you won thus far. (Not all Portuguese people are spiteful about footie games, btw.)
By guida from Lisbon on 12 Dec 2022, 05:01
I for one am very proud of th way Portugal played in this Fifa Tournament. They have nothing to feel ashamed about.
By Lisa from Other on 12 Dec 2022, 13:57
I was hoping for a Portugal Argentina final. Since that is impossible, I hope Lionel Messi is able to win the cup that has eluded him.
By JF from USA on 12 Dec 2022, 15:09
Cristiano Ronaldo loves football. The supremely fit CR7 should keep on serving the Beautiful Game as long as his feet, body, and heart enjoy top class football.
By Dr.Cajetan Coelho from Other on 15 Dec 2022, 12:50