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Portugal boss Santos: Overall we were better than Egypt

Fernando Santos Egypt

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boss said that he is happy that his side does not accept defeat after they managed to achieve a late win over Egypt in Switzerland.

The Egyptian national team was close to claiming victory over Portugal on Friday in part of their preparations for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, however, the 2016 European champions fought hard till the last minutes of the game and Cristiano Ronaldo managed to score two stoppage-time goals.

“In the first part of the game, our attack lacked the connection between the lines and close play. We only achieved part of what we wanted,” Fernando Santos explained. “The first part was more of a collective game.”

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“In the second half, we had less control of the game and ended up conceding a goal,” he said. “After the goal, and for 15 minutes, we did not control the game. I expected the team to be more organized than it was in the second half.”

The coach praised his team’s will and determination pointing out the individual creativity of Gelson and Lent which helped create a number of opportunities.

“The victory was fair, but we must improve,” he added. “It pleased me very much to see that the team does not accept defeat under any circumstances.”

Santos also commented on the use of the video assistant referee ‘VAR’ which was used during the game after there were speculations regarding Ronaldo’s second goal saying that he believes that the introduction of VAR will be important for football.

In addition to being a hardcore football fan, Abdelrahman is a communications enthusiast who works in marketing, advertising, content creation and PR.



  1. Hosam

    March 24, 2018 at 3:53 PM

    I don’t think so. If Egypt did not substitute Salah and other key players we could have won 2-0 instead. Portugal was the better side in the first half.

  2. Mo

    March 25, 2018 at 1:41 PM

    I agree with you Hosam! because Salah is a player who attracts the other players by his presence alone and when he is on the ball, he is creating so much space for the others because the opponents concentrate on him with at least 2-3 players. So if Cuper Had wanted to win the match he cant substitute Salah.

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