Spain captain Manu Morlanes spoke of the "immense pressure" he felt as he stepped up to take the tenth penalty, while Santi Denia reflected on a "good two weeks" despite defeat in the final.
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- Spain lose 5-4 on penalties to Portugal in U17 EURO final after 1-1 draw
- La Roja captain Manu Morlanes hits the woodwork after nine successful spot kicks
- Brahim Díaz cancels out right-back Diogo Dalot's opener for Portugal
Santi Denia, Spain coach
We practised penalties with the players, but training and games are two different things. I told them I'm proud of them. It's not so important to win every time because it's impossible to do that.
It was a very good two weeks because we played against strong teams. We beat the Netherlands, Italy, England and Germany – all among the favourites for the tournament – so I can only say once again that I'm very proud of the players. This experience will serve them well.
Manu Morlanes, Spain midfielder and captain
I felt immense pressure. I'm the captain of the team and I had to deliver at a crucial moment. I tried my best to score, I failed, but that happens in football. At some point this game will give me a chance to make up for it.
We hoped to reach the final and, though we failed to win, it's still a very big result for us. Portugal are a great team, they were the favourites. We were worthy competitors until the very end, but they deserved to win it.
Jordi Mboula, Spain winger
We did a good job and improved every day. We performed way above expectations, worked together and had a very good championship. It was an even game. Penalties are a lottery and we just weren't lucky.