Portugal team reporter Carlos Machado finds much to praise despite the holders' exit.
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Life was never going to be easy in a group with Germany and France, followed by facing world-ranked number one side Belgium in the round of 16. Other than the Germany game, Portugal were more than competitive, but able to call upon a generation seen as their best ever, they only really showed their true abilities when they had fallen behind.
What were the positives?
Renato Sanches was a nice surprise, cementing his place in the team and recovering his aura as a great prospect – he is still just 23. Ronaldo had his best EURO: at 36, he contributed five goals, equalled Ali Daei's international goalscoring world record and led by example. I saw that in every training session, in each game. The same goes for Pepe.
The game against France was one of Portugal's brightest moments. They had the capacity to react to France's second goal and reach a very high level. In the second half against Belgium, they were able to inject the quality that kept the Red Devils pinned back.
What the future holds
Portugal have huge talent available and it's hard not to see it on the pitch and in the positions where they perform best. Players such as Bruno Fernandes, Bernardo Silva and João Félix have to play more because what they have is rare. And there are several others too: Renato, Rúben Neves and André Silva. Portugal have the tools to perform and get closer to beating any side.
Predictions for the rest of EURO 2020
After Portugal's disappointment, I expect Italy to win. The way they play, a brand of football that doesn't resemble the stereotypical Italian style, is proof that if you have the talent, you need to find ways to display it on the pitch.Download the EURO app