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Portugal 2-3 Germany



Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari
Scolari's aim was to get Portugal to the semi-final

Outgoing Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari admitted that he had "failed" after his side exited Euro 2008 with a 3-2 quarter-final defeat by Germany.

The Brazilian, who now takes charge of Premier League Chelsea, conceded that Germany had been the better team.

"I am naturally disappointed and frustrated," said Scolari.

"I failed and I wasn't able to achieve the target the federation had set me, qualifying for the semis. Germany were better at the important moments."

Defeat meant Portugal failed to reach the last four of a major competition for the first time since the 2002 World Cup.

Scolari guided them to the final of Euro 2004 on home soil, where they lost to Greece, and to the 2006 World Cup semi-final in Germany, where they were beaten by France.

"I'm upset because I think Portugal had the ability to be among the best four (teams)," Scolari added.

"But we made mistakes today and couldn't get the result."

Scolari added: "In general, I'm satisfied with what the players did in the competition and I'm proud."

Portugal substitute Helder Postiga, who headed an 87th-minute goal to give Scolari's side hope of a dramatic late fightback, blamed poor defending at key times for the loss.

606: DEBATE
BBC Sport's Jonathan Stevenson
Bastian Schweinsteiger's first-half free-kick was headed in by Miroslav Klose to put Germany 2-0 up and Schweinsteiger repeated the trick for Michael Ballack to nod in to make the score 3-1 in the second half.

"We cannot allow two goals from set-pieces against a team like Germany. That made the difference," Postiga said.

But Scolari said his side were hard done by with Ballack's goal, claiming that the Chelsea man pushed Portugal defender Paulo Ferreira.

"I do not want to say Germany benefitted from that but all the TV screens show Ballack clearly pushed our player. Unfortunately the referee did not see it and we stopped," said Scolari.

"I do not know if it would have changed the match. We could have lost by 2-1 but when we are pressing the opponent and we concede a third goal we have to start all over again, our opponents grow in stature.

"I can't guarantee it would have changed anything but if it is a foul it has to be given by the referee."




see also
Portugal 2-3 Germany
19 Jun 08 |  Euro 2008
Portugal v Germany photos
19 Jun 08 |  Euro 2008
Portugal v Germany player rater
19 Jun 08 |  Euro 2008
Euro 2008 day 13 as it happened
19 Jun 08 |  Euro 2008
Portugal team guide
15 May 08 |  Portugal
Germany team guide
15 May 08 |  Germany


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