Qatar 2022: I didn’t regret it – Fernando Santos gives reason for benching Ronaldo

Portugal boss, Fenando Santos has explained why he kept Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench again against Morocco in Saturday’s quarter-final match.



He defended it, saying it had “no impact” on Morocco’s victory over them and their World Cup elimination.

The first-half goal by Youssef En-Nesyri, which took advantage of Diogo Costa’s error, was sufficient to advance the Africans to the semi-finals.

Morocco is the first African side to have progressed this far in a FIFA World Cup.

Santos told reporters that the decision had no impact on the team’s output when he was questioned about it.

“As a result of this, I and he experienced the most suffering.

Although it left no impact, it is something that emotionally marks us.

“I have no regrets. Cristiano is a tremendous player who joined us when we saw it was required.


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