Portugal should be proud of their performance at Euro 2012, even if their campaign ended in Wednesday's crushing defeat in a penalty shootout in the semi-finals to holders Spain, forwards Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani insisted.
"We didn't lack for conviction but we were unlucky. That's penalties for you," said Ronaldo.
"We really gave it all we had, and it's difficult to go out on penalties. We showed a lot of quality," said Manchester United star Nani.
Ronaldo's clubmate Pepe insisted penalties could have no bearing on who was the better team.
"Spotkicks are always a lottery. During the game we were organised and they hardly had a shot on goal - it's so sad we lost the shootout," said the central defender.
Portuguese players react at the end of the penalty shoot out of the Euro 2012 football championships semi-final match Portugal vs. Spain on June 27, 2012 at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk. Spain won 4-2 (0-0 after extra-time). AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE