Braga forward Albert Meyong says that the team have made history by reaching the Europa League final and that they have to accept defeat against the better team.
Braga played in the first European final in their history on Wednesday night, losing 1-0 with Falcao scoring the only goal of the game for Porto.
Cameroon international Meyong, who came on as substitute in the 65th minute, said the defeat was hard to take but they have to move on from the disappointment as quickly as possible.
He said: “We have to keep our heads up and keep going. We’ve all done a good job and can be proud of ourselves.
“It was a big moment in my career and the history of the club. We can be proud of where we’ve got to.
“We played well and Porto didn’t play how they usually play. They didn’t dominate like they should. We had good chances to score but unfortunately didn’t take them.
“We played our game and they played theirs. They won and that’s good for them. We have to accept our defeat.
“We had a good run. We’re happy with the run we had and we’ve written an important page in the history of the club. Next year we’ll see how far we can get.”
Apart from a great chance from Mossoro, which was saved by Helton, Braga did not threaten too often in the match, but Meyong believes that if his team had played a more open game they would have conceded more goals.
He insists: “You have to look at who you’re playing against. You can’t play like you’re playing against equals when you play against Porto. They’re much stronger than us. We have our strategy. You can’t play like that, attacking from the beginning to the end. Porto are normally a great team compared with us. It’s too difficult to play against them as equals.”
Meyong believes that Porto will face sterner tests in the Champions League next season, but says they can have a good campaign.
He said: “Porto are a great team and have now won the Europa League. Next season they’ll be in the Champions League. We’ll see how far they can get.”