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Santos: New Zealand deserved a goal

Fernando Santos, head coach of Portugal  looks on as Luis Neto talks to the media during a press conference  of the Portugal national football team
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Portugal coach Fernando Santos was gracious in victory, praising both the Group A winners and the New Zealand side they beat 4-0 in Saint Petersburg.

"We knew it could be complicated because we had seen New Zealand play Mexico and the problems they caused the Mexicans. So we were forewarned," he said.

"I thought we played well in many parts of the game; in others, not so well. Overall though, it was a fair victory. But I think the New Zealand team should have scored a goal - they deserved one. They proved on the field that they're a team with a great spirit and real determination."

All Whites coach Anthony Hudson also felt the scoreline was harsh on his team and said that he saw plenty of cause for encouragement in their performance.

"Overall, there were some really positive signs in the game," he said. "We started the game really well, and were the stronger of the two teams. But we had a period in that first half when we allowed them to come into the game and gave ourselves too much to do to get back into it.

"But the biggest positive for me today was that we never, ever accepted the result. Every player went right to the end and there are so many positives I can take."

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