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Last Updated: Wednesday, 5 July 2006, 21:34 GMT 22:34 UK
Scolari bemoans shot-shy Portugal
Luiz Felipe Scolari
Scolari is frustrated as his team bows out of the World Cup
Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said his side's inability to score was the reason for their World Cup semi-final exit at the hands of France in Munich.

Portugal lost 1-0 to a Zinedine Zidane penalty and must now contest the play-off for third place with Germany.

"We did everything possible but if you don't score you don't win the game," said the Brazilian.

"There are situations that are difficult. We did everything we could, we did our best."

The luck factor was not on Portugal's side today

Portuguese legend Eusebio

He added: "It was deserved victory, definitely, for France.

"We have to accept this. We knew it would be a difficult match and had a few chances but, unfortunately, didn't do it and lost."

Scolari appeared to remonstrate with referee Jorge Larrionda at the final whistle, but he refused to speak about the Urguguayan official.

"No comment - I won't talk about that."

He also failed to say he would stay in the Portuguese job, with his contract running out at the end of the month.

"I have a contract until the end of July then we'll see what happens," he said.

Captain Luis Figo thought his side deserved more than a 1-0 defeat to the 1998 champions.

"We are very disappointed. I thought we deserved a better result than this," said Figo.

"We had more control of the game but we couldn't put away our chances. It is a pity for us as we so wanted a place in the final.

"I am proud of the team and we want to finish off with a win over Germany."

Portuguese legend Eusebio, who was part of the team that lost in the 1966 World Cup semi-final to England, said his country's defeat was down to luck.

"The luck factor was not on Portugal's side today," he told Portuguese television.

"The players deserve to be congratulated. But it is still not over - sadly we are not in the final but we have a game ahead and that game has a price as well which is the bronze."

Portugal 0-1 France
05 Jul 06 |  World Cup 2006


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