Jun 26, 2014 at 5pm UK at ​Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha, Brasilia
Portugal
2-1
Ghana
Boye (30' og.), Ronaldo (80')
Moutinho (90')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Gyan (57')
Afful (39'), Waris (55'), Ayew (78')

Paulo Bento: 'Portugal deserve to miss out on knockout stages'

Portugal's Portuguese manager Paulo Bento speaks to journalists after a training session for Portugal national football team at Windsor Park in Belfast, Northern Ireland on September 5, 2013
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Paulo Bento admits that Portugal deserve to be heading home despite finishing their World Cup campaign by beating Ghana.

Paulo Bento has admitted that Portugal did not deserve to earn a spot in the knockout stages of the World Cup following their early exit.

Four points was not enough for Portugal as they were beaten to second place in Group G by the USA, and Bento believes that there can be no complaints from within the camp.

"Of course the balance of our World Cup is negative," the 45-year-old told reporters after Thursday's 2-1 win over Ghana. "We didn't achieve our first aim which was to progress to the second round of the competition.

"We have what we deserve. The two teams that have gone through have done so on merit. Now we must analyse what went wrong and congratulate Germany and the United States for progressing."

Cristiano Ronaldo claimed that Portugal could be proud of their displays after finishing their campaign on a positive note.

Ghana's forward and captain Asamoah Gyan celebrates with his temmate Ghana's defender John Boye after scoring a goal during the Group G football match between Portugal and Ghana at the Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia during the 2014 FIFA World
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