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The veteran defender was in no mood to be magnanimous after a few perceived officiating inconsistencies after his side were demolished in their first game of the tournament

By Mark Doyle in Salvador

Bruno Alves was left in a bitter mood after Portugal’s 4-0 loss to Germany in their World Cup opener on Monday.

The Seleccao had Pepe sent off in the first half for an altercation with Thomas Muller but were denied a penalty claim from substitute Eder.

The 32-year-old claimed that it was not the first time that his side did not benefit from a consistent standard of refereeing.

"It's like this for us all the time," he fumed. "Everything against us and nothing for us.

"I don't like to talk too much about the referee but everyone saw what happened and I think we had at least one clear penalty but I didn't see anything given for us."

However, the Fenerbahce defender pledged that his team would learn from their mistakes and bounce back stronger for their next game, a trip to Manaus to face USA.

"We'll try to do our best next time. We'll keep training hard to come back stronger," he continued.

"We need to watch the game again and see what we did wrong and improve for the next game. In the first 10 minutes we felt like the game was under control but after the first and second goal, it became very open. This result is difficult for us because we were not expecting it.

The teams to qualify from Group G will face off against opponents from Group H, which features Belgium, Russia, South Korea and Algeria.

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