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Coelho praises his team after semi exit
Wednesday 28th June 2000

Portugal coach Humberto Coelho was disappointed with the way his side were knocked out of Euro 2000, but praised his team for yet another impressive performance on the big stage.

He said directly after Zinedine Zidane’s Golden Goal penalty: "We have performed marvellously once again as we have done all through the competition.

"It was a pity that we are going out the way we are. I don’t doubt that there was a handball but it was not intuitive. Our player {Abel Xavier} did not have the time to reflect on what he would do. It was ball to hand, not hand to ball.

"But at the end of the day we must accept the decisions of the referee and that’s the way it is. Congratulations to the French, I wish them all the best in the final."
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