Santander coach rues disallowed goal

Santander had a goal incorrectly ruled out by the linesman in the game on Saturday.

Portugal told Marca: “We were in the game until the end.”

“Other teams have come here and played in a more ambitious manner, and been thrashed. The disallowed goal was legal.

“But referees make mistakes, like players and coaches. On this occasion, it has cost us.

“Although it does not mean that we would have got a point, because there was still some time left.”

The game against Real Madrid was Portugal’s first game in charge.

He continued: “The game gave me a good indication of the players.

“We were spineless at the start. Later we improved.

“The introduction of Canales liberated Luis Garcia. The two of them played well together.

“I have known Canales for a long time and always thought he has a big future, but we must take care of him.

“I hope that this loss will serve us well in the long run.”