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Santos critical of Portugal team again: “We made too many errors”

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For the second game in a row, Fernando Santos criticised Portugal after playing out a 1-1 UEFA Nations League draw with Poland on Tuesday night

The Navigators headed into the Group A3 match at Guimarães already assured of a semi-final spot after last Saturday’s goalless draw at Italy.

A first-half Andre Silva header from Renato Sanchez’s corner put Portugal in front after a bright start at home.

However, Danilo Pereira was handed a red card in the 63rd-minute for bringing down Arkadiusz Milik inside the penalty area.

The Napoli striker then slotted home the spot-kick to put Poland level at 1-1 after being ordered to retake it by the referee.

Portugal did have chances to grab the win though, but were made to settle for a draw – much to Santos’ frustration.

“I’m proud that we’re through to the final four, but I’m not pleased with the game,” Coach Santos told reporters on UEFA.com.

“We could’ve done more and made too many errors.

“In the first half, we had more possession but didn’t create enough. We improved in the second half but once we have given away the penalty and went down to 10 men it was more difficult.

“Poland weren’t great but we gave them good chances. We tried to fix this in the second half and we improved but then they scored and with 10 it’s always harder.”

Meanwhile, Poland manager Jerzy Brzeczek was pleased with how his side coped at Portugal without star forward Robert Lewandowski.