Two months after a painful first-round World Cup exit in Brazil, Portugal could not be better off. Deprived of their injured captain, Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese team lost at home to Albania (0-1) on Sunday in the first qualifying match for Euro 2016. It is simply “the biggest shame ever for the Seleção,” he said. Daily headlines Apollo This Monday morning.
Coach Paulo Pinto's players, who rushed offensively, were surprised at the beginning of the second half by a wonderful direct shot from Balkim Balaj (52). Joao Moutinho could have allowed his side to avoid humiliation, but his recovery from a blocked Nani free-kick only hit the crossbar.
“It's a very bad result. We started the competition poorly but we have to raise our heads, there are still many games ahead of us, reacted one of the executives, Nani. We have to improve. “To improve the image we have today, we must qualify for the European Championship And we performed much better than we did today.”
The Portuguese national team will now have to do everything in its power to achieve victory in Denmark on October 14, in its next match in the European Nations Cup qualifiers. Meanwhile, the Portuguese national team will meet France on October 11 at the Stade de France in a friendly match.