Ugly
ducklings unfazed

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MARCOUSSIS — Portugal coach Fernando Santos is not worried if people think his side are the “ugly ducklings”.

Underdogs Iceland and Wales have
captured the imagination of the public while Antonio Conte’s Italy have been
acclaimed for their sparkling wins over Spain and Belgium.

Portugal, on the other hand, have reached the semifinals of the competition for the fourth time in the last five attempts,
without winning a game inside 90 minutes and without playing especially well.

Their second-round match against
Croatia, which they won in the dying
minutes of extratime, was criticised as one of the worst of the tournament. Santos, however, does not care what others think.

“Of course, Wales and Iceland are the teams everyone likes, because nobody
expected them to get this far,” Santos said.

“I’m not worried about being the ugly duckling or someone who feels sorry for himself. I’m interested about getting to the final and winning it,” said Santos, whose side face Wales in Lyon on Thursday in their semifinal (3am). — Reuters