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The Seleccao boss refused to dwell on a disastrous evening in Salvador, where his side lost to Germany by four goals, had Pepe sent off and lost two players to injury

Portugal coach Paulo Bento vowed to keep his team in the hunt for qualification from the group stages despite their 4-0 defeat to Germany in Salvador.

The Seleccao’s start to Group G could not have gone any worse, as they fell victim to a Thomas Muller hat-trick in a match that also saw Pepe receive his marching orders for a petulant reaction on the striker.

Hugo Almedia and Fabio Coentrao were both forced off during the game with injuries, but Bento promised that Portugal would keep fighting even if the pair were unable to play any further part in the tournament.

"We will evaluate the condition of Hugo Almeida and Fabio Coentrao to see if they can keep playing. We will fight with what we have," he said to reporters.

Bento also felt that the Real Madrid defender’s dismissal shortly before half time, with Portugal already two goals down, changed his side’s approach from chasing a comeback to a damage limitation exercise.

"The analysis of the game stopped after the first half, there is little to add from the second," he continued.

"We were outnumbered and heavily disadvantaged, and had to manage that as best we could.

"In terms of chances there was not a big difference in the first half. Germany had a little more possession but even at 2-0, we had a chance to make it 2-1."

The result leaves Portugal with an early disadvantage with games against Group G opponents USA and Ghana still to come, with the latter two set to do battle later on Monday.