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Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo has defended his post-match criticism of coach Carlos Queiroz, after Spain dumped his side out of the World Cup in the final round of 16 tie in Cape Town.

The Real Madrid star slammed the coach in the minutes just after Spain's 1-0 win, saying: "How do I explain Portugal's elimination? Talk to Carlos Quieroz," before storming off.

But the Real Madrid forward has insisted his comments after the defeat were misconstrued and insisted that there is nothing more to it.

"When I said to ask the coach it was simply because Carlos Queiroz was at a press conference and journalists could hear his explanations and because I did not feel in the right condition to explain what happened," he is quoted as saying by Marca before adding that he is devastated by Portugal's exit from the tournament.

"I never thought that these simple and innocent words could cause so much controversy. So I ask you not to look for ghosts where none exist. There is no case whatsoever.

"I am suffering and I have the right to suffer alone. I am devastated, completely devastated, frustrated and with unimaginable sadness."

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