Portugal coach Paolo Bento brushed
off questions on Tuesday about his goal-shy side's poor recent
performances against Denmark, saying he knew how to beat the
surprise Euro 2012 Group B leaders.
Portugal, who meet the Danes on Wednesday after an opening
1-0 loss to Germany, have only won one of their last four
competitive games against the Scandinavians.
In Euro 2012 qualifiers, Denmark and Portugal beat each
other at home and Bento was coach for both matches.
"Each team has won one game. Our conviction is that if we
have won one time already we can win another time, that's what
we're confident of," Bento told reporters.
"To do that we'll have to become more efficient. The ball
just has to go into the goal."
Portugal have scored just once in the last four games and
showed little real sign of breaking that sorry record against
Germany when their best chance fell to a defender.
"Tomorrow we will face a very strong opponent... Denmark is
in a more comfortable position with less pressure. They have
very strong counter-attacks," said Bento.
"We have even more pressure than we had before the game
against Germany but it's not the first time that we are in such
a situation," he added, noting that Portugal lost the first game
at Euro 2004 and went on to reach the final.
Bento, who said he continued to think his team could reach
the quarter-finals, dismissed media reports of a rift with
winger Cristiano Ronaldo, who tore off his armband as he left
the pitch after the German game.
"Every player has his own reaction in such situations in a
game with such stress... from a certain point of view I
understand such reactions," the coach said.
The German defence shackled Ronaldo well.
"We created good chances but we will have to work on just
taking these chances and to score. I hope the team will finally
succeed in scoring," said striker Helder Postiga, who has hit
the net 19 times in 50 internationals.
"If we create opportunities of course we will score sooner
or later, I'm absolutely convinced of that."
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