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Beto: Portugal should not be ashamed

The goalkeeper urged his teammates not to be embarrassed by their poor performance against Germany as he believes the side will make it to the last 16.

Portugal goalkeeper Beto said his nation's 4-0 loss to Germany at the World Cup has not brought shame on coach Paulo Bento's squad.

A Thomas Muller hat trick and a Mats Hummels header put a significant dent in Portugal's hopes of qualifying from Group G, with Bento's men forced to battle through more than half the game with 10 men following Pepe's red card.

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Pepe’s headbutt on Muller in the first half saw him receive a straight red, with Portugal trailing 2-0 at the time of the incident, but Sevilla goalkeeper Beto has claimed that he and his teammates are not ashamed of their efforts against a clinical German outfit.

"We didn't shame our country, that's too strong. What we tried simply didn't come off and everything that could've gone wrong did go wrong," he told reporters. "We always try to honor the crest on our chest, we'll do it this World Cup, until the last drop of sweat."

Beto agreed with his coach Paulo Bento - who lambasted referee Milorad Mazic in his post-match interview - claiming that Portugal was disadvantaged by bad decisions.

"The ref had influence but that can't be an excuse. We discussed what happened against Germany to make sure it doesn't happen again," he said.

With group games to come against Ghana and the United States, Beto said he believes the team can bounce back and reach the last 16.

"I've a lot of belief in this Portugal squad. I believe in our togetherness and spirit. We have a big soul and more than ever have to show it," he added.

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