Portugal not below expectations, says Joao Mario

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Cristiano Ronaldo needed to score twice to earn his country a 3-3 draw with Hungary and seal progression in third place, but his team-mate insists they have achieved their goal

Portugal have not underachieved at Euro 2016 despite only advancing from the group stage as one of the best third-placed teams, Joao Mario insists.

Fernando Santos' team were expected to qualify comfortably from Group F, but draws against Iceland and Austria left them on the brink of an exit heading into their final match against Hungary.

In a sensational game in Lyon, Portugal had to come from behind three times in order to salvage a point against the eventual group winners.

Iceland's last-gasp 2-1 win over Austria saw the Nordic nation overhaul Portugal for second place, meaning that Santos' side will now play Croatia in the last-16. However, Joao Mario insists they have not failed to live up to expectations.

"We achieved the first objective - the most important thing was to progress beyond this stage and we did," said the midfielder in a post-match television interview.

"I don't think it's below expectations, we had the objective to progress and we have.

"The group stage has proved there are no weak teams. Croatia showed they are a strong team against Spain [a 2-1 win on Tuesday], but let's face the game with optimism and eagerness to keep going."

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