The European champions from Portugal did not manage to enter the world qualification and lost 0: 2 in Switzerland. According to coach Fernando Santos, his footballers have to forget the golden euro if they want to be successful in the fight for MS 2018.
The Swiss at Basel decided already in the first half hour that Breel Embolo and Admir Mehmedi hit. Portugal without the wounded captain Cristian Ronald did not find the answer.
“We were only collecting from the moment when the opponent was close to our goal, then we withdrew and allowed Switzerland to win personal duels. “ said Santos after the Tuesday match.
Only for the third time in the history, the new European champions lost their qualification in the beginning of the next qualification.Previously, Greece became Greece in 2004 and Spain in 1965. The Portuguese did not succeed for the first time in 14 competitions and two years ago.
“We were not as strong as usual, and this can not happen in qualifying,” said Santos, whose team in the July ME final managed to win a home win of France 1-0 and won the premier continental gold in history.
Santos was pleased with the improvement when guests came in on several occasions and Nani hit the stick in the 82nd minute. “When we lost 0: 2, I tried to change a few things and play with two attackers. We had a chance chance, but we could have done more for them,” said an 80-year-old coach.
“In the final stages, Switzerland only defended.We made great chances only in the last minutes when we played more heart. If we had a goal, we could go back to the game, “Santos added.
Swiss coach Vladimir Petkovic was happy with the win, but he was trying not to overpass it. the next day we will be again on the ground. There are still nine matches left, “warns a fifty-year-old coach.
” With this result, we get to the news in Europe because we defeated the incumbent champions. Every positive result is euphoric in this country. This match was a proof that we can not only compete with strong teams but also beat them, “Petkovic added.