Portugal deserve World Cup exit, admits Bento

Portugal manager Paulo Bento has admitted that his side have not been good enough at the World Cup after they were eliminated in the group stage on Thursday, the Daily Mail has reported.

The Iberian side did manage to beat Ghana 2-1 in their final Group G match, but did not progress through to the knockout stages despite the United States’ 1-0 defeat at the hands of Germany due to their inferior goal difference compared to that of the Stars and Stripes, who now take on Belgium in the second round.

It has been a disappointing tournament overall for Portugal, with Pepe having been sent off in their opening match against Germany, and talisman Cristiano Ronaldo not fully fit due to a knee problem.

And Bento conceded that Portugal deserved to go out of the World Cup. He said: ‘We created a lot of opportunities and we deserved to win by a bigger margin which would have given us a chance to qualify.

‘Of course the balance of our World Cup is negative. We didn’t achieve our first aim which was to progress to the second round of the competition. We have what we deserve. The two teams that have gone through have done so on merit. Now we must analyse what went wrong and congratulate Germany and the United States for progressing.’

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