Statements by Otto Addo, coach of Ghana, after the 3-2 defeat against Portugal on Thursday.
“We are very disappointed, mainly because we played a good game, we had good possession of the ball. It is true that we also tried to defend a lot and allowed less chances to score.
In the second half, we were more stuck, Portugal managed to score one goal when the referee decided to give a penalty [against Ghana]. We knew it was difficult, but we were brave and tried everything possible.
We scored two goals and almost equalized. We lacked a little bit of luck, but we weren’t very lucky and, that way, we didn’t get any points. We made mistakes in the second and third goals, but we were unlucky. We could have got points, the referee didn’t help, but I agree that the yellow cards shown to my team were deserved.”
Penalty shoot: “Perhaps Cristiano Ronaldo had a bonus for being a star. You [journalists] have to ask the referee, because we were playing and we had a melee between the players inside the area. I don’t know if the VAR I wasn’t paying attention, or the referee, but if we see the images it was a foul against our team.”