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World Cup 2010: Portugal striker Hugo Almeida questions decision of Carlos Queiroz to substitute him

World Cup 2010: Portugal striker Hugo Almeida questions decision of Carlos Queiroz to substitute him

Portuguese striker denies coach claims that he was worn out...

Portugal striker Hugo Almeida has rejected comments from coach Carlos Queiroz regarding his condition during the 1-0 defeat to Spain.

Queiroz replaced Hugo Almeida with midfielder Danny, leaving Portugal without a single forward for almost 15 minutes, and said post-match that he felt the striker was tired.

However, Almeida has moved to quash such claims and stressed he thinks he was in good condition to help his team against the Spaniards.

"I was not surprised with my substitution, I was upset because I wanted to play, but the coach is the one to make decision," he said to RTP.

"Our team played well, we could not do it, but I was not worn out."

When asked if the European champions deserved to win the match, he admitted that the Furia Roja were deserved winners.

"The better team won," added Almeida. "Spain started out very well, they have an excellent team, but we fought really well. Unfortunately, they were better.

"Now we have to raise our heads because we played very well. We created some chances, but we could not do it. We are a team. If Portugal lost, we all lost.

"The coach is the one to have the options. I know I could have given more, but the coach understood I was worn out. We are 23, he is a coach and he decides. We just have to give our best."

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