Portugal are underdogs against Denmark: Paulo Bento

Jun 13, 2012, 07:58 IST | AFP

Portugal boss Bento says his team's poor record against Denmark make them underdogs in crucial Group B clash

The pressure is growing on Portugal given their opening Euro 2012 loss to Germany, coach Paulo Bento admitted on the eve of his side’s Group B encounter with Denmark in Lviv.

With their recent record against the Danes reading only one win in four —the Scandinavians denied the Portuguese automatic qualification for the tournament — Bento insisted: “We may have won only one of those four but we are confident.

We are not thinking about the past. We have to win. There is more pressure than before the match against Germany and tomorrow we will be up against a tough opponent, so we shall have to impose our game from the outset. Denmark’s situation is more comfortable, with less pressure on. Our strategy always is tailored to who we are playing. We will have to be ready - there are 90 minutes and we have to win.”

Bento, the youngest coach at the tournament and who turns 43 on June 20, insisted that the Portuguese can come good. “We have no reason to be anxious. We lost our opening game to one of the favourites but we lost playing well. We didn’t deserve to lose,” said Bento.


>> Denmark finished as group winners when pitted against Portugal in both Euro 2012 and 2010 World Cup qualifying.
>> Denmark have won three of the last five meetings between the two sides — all over the past five years.
>>Nicklas Bendtner has scored four goals in as many matches against Portugal, while Nani has scored three times in 
four outings against Denmark.

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