The President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, considered this Sunday that the Portuguese football team “played very well”, especially in the second part of the game with Belgium, but “that bit of luck was missing” to win in Seville, Spain.

The head of state was speaking to journalists at the end of the game between the Portuguese team, defending champions, now sidelined in the round of 16 of Euro2020, after losing 1-0 to Belgium, at the Estadio de La Cartuja, in Seville.

We had some luck in 2016. In addition to playing well, we were lucky. On here [em Sevilha] we played well, especially in the second half, but we weren’t lucky. I pity”, lamented Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, about an “ungrateful” outcome of the game.

A goal from Thorgan Hazard, on 42 minutes, sealed the triumph of the ‘Red Devils’, leaders of the FIFA rankings.

“It wasn’t our night”, commented the President of the Republic to journalists, noting, however, that he will congratulate the players of the Portuguese national team and the coach, Fernando Santos, for the “great game, the substitutions all well done, and the time”.

The President recalled “three or four good missed chances and a post”, but rejected feeling disappointed because, he repeated, “Portugal played well”.

“We were exceptional in this game. There was talent, lack of luck,” he summed up.

For Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, “it was an ungrateful result, but life is, at times, ungrateful”.

The President of the Republic did not go to Seville to watch the Portugal/Belgium match of Euro 2020, due to the epidemiological situation in Andalusia. Portugal was officially represented by the Minister of Education, Tiago Brandão Rodrigues.

Belgium will face Italy in the quarter-finals – who on Saturday beat Austria 2-1 after extra time -, in a match scheduled for Friday, at the Allianz Arena, in Munich, at 21:00 local time (20:00) in Lisbon).


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