Scolari remains upbeat

Portugal boss glosses over Swiss defeat

Luiz Felipe Scolari remains in confident mood despite a disappointing end to Portugal's Group A campaign.

The soon-to-be Chelsea boss saw his side stumble into the last eight with a lacklustre 2-0 defeat to co-hosts Switzerland.

The result mattered little to a team who had already secured top spot, and a subsequent quarter-final berth, but they would have hoped to march on with authority rather than apathy.

Swiss playmaker Hakan Yakin proved to be their undoing, grabbing a brace to ensure that Jakob Kuhn's men had something to show for a disappointing tournament on home turf.

Using the game as an opportunity to rest some of his star men, most notably Cristiano Ronaldo, Scolari gave run-outs to a number of players on the fringes of the first-team.


Most did little to give the coach a selection headache ahead of the knockout stages, but Scolari was still pleased by the performance of what was, basically, his reserve side.

"The team played well," he said.

"We couldn't have asked for more than how they performed. We created several opportunities but we couldn't score the goals when we had the chance."

Full squad

While Portugal must be thankful for the points they already had the bag, Scolari is refusing to read too much into a contest which had little riding on it.

"What we had to do was win the first two matches," he said.

"We still don't know our opponent (the runners-up from Group B) but anyway I'll have the full squad available, there are no injuries."