Portugal coach: We did everything to beat Ireland, and Ronaldo is one of the greats

Portugal coach: We did everything to beat Ireland, and Ronaldo is one of the greats

Portugal coach Fernando Santos confirmed that he risked everything during the deadly 2-1 win over Ireland in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers in Qatar.

Santos said in his statements, which were reported by the Portuguese newspaper “Abola”:

“The first twenty minutes were good, we started well, we missed a penalty, and there was a Jota ball in the post, we were moving the ball well and we didn’t leave them spaces.”

He added:

“But over time we lost the ability to respond to losing the ball and the opponent started creating problems, they ended up scoring from a free kick, in a move we knew well, but that’s football.”

He continued:

“In the second half we had to risk a little bit to get to their net, we made substitutions and the team started to put more pressure, we had an attacking intensity in the middle of the opponent’s court, we had to risk everything and we were happy with two great goals, the players must be congratulated because they did everything to change the result.” .

And about the legend Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored the two goals, Santos commented:

“This is Ronaldo, and he’s always been like this, the great players may not do well, but they come and decide the matches.”

With this result, Portugal leads the group with 10 points from 4 matches, 3 points ahead of Serbia, the runner-up.

He has played 3 matches, while Ireland is in fourth place without points from 3 matches.

Portugal is scheduled to face Qatar (the guest) next Saturday in an uncalculated match, and it is a guest of Azerbaijan on September 7.

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