Strikers not to blame for Germany defeat, argues Portugal's Postiga

The Seleccao's attackers failed to make the most of the chances which came their way in Lviv and they must now defeat Denmark on Wednesday to remain in contention
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*Portugal secured qualification with a play-off victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina


By Martin Del Palacio Langer

Helder Postiga has absolved Portugal's forwards of responsibility for Saturday night's Euro 2012 Group B defeat to Germany, arguing that "football is a team sport".

The Seleccao played their part in an absorbing encounter in Lviv but left empty-handed after spurning a succession of gilt-edged opportunities, striking the woodwork twice, as Mario Gomez sealed a 1-0 victory for Die Mannschaft.

The finger of blame was immediately pointed at Portugal's misfiring forward line but Postiga is a firm believer that the entire team is to be held accountable.

"I obviously feel more responsibility as I play up front and we have gone through the whole game without scoring," the 29-year-old explained to "But it is sometimes not only down to me. Football is a team sport."

Postiga also dismissed the suggestion that Paulo Bento's men have a distinct lack of bottle when it comes to playing against the big sides.

"The mentality is not the problem at all," he declared. "I think we're fine in that regard. We went out to compete as equals against a powerhouse like Germany and were very close to winning the game.

"There were flaws in our performance but we know sooner or later those opportunities will be transformed into goals. We must be patient."

Portugal must now defeat Denmark in their next game if they are to keep their dream of reaching the knockout stages alive and Postiga freely admits that the onus is on the Seleccao to take the game to their opponents, who shocked Netherlands 1-0 in their tournament opener.

"We know that the next game is crucial for us and so we go into it knowing that we have to win," the Zaragoza striker stated.

"The key is to clear our minds of what happened against Germany. Of course, we must take on board the lessons learned, but we are playing Denmark now and it would be useless to dwell on our previous fixture."

Portugal's pivotal meeting with Denmark gets under way at 18:00CET on Wednesday.

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