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Fernando Santos sticks by decision to bench Cristiano Ronaldo after Portugal exit World Cup

Portugal’s manager has spoken out on the decision to drop Cristiano Ronaldo following his side’s World Cup exit.

Portugal clashed with Morocco on Saturday afternoon in the quarter-final of the World Cup.

Portugal headed into the game as favourites after putting six past Switzerland the game prior.

But when all was said and done, Morocco came away with a 1-0 win.

Goncalo Ramos started up top for Portugal for the second game in a row after netting a hat-trick vs Switzerland.

Cristiano Ronaldo, meanwhile, came off the bench after 51 minutes on Saturday but was unable to score.

Now Fernando Santos has been quizzed on his decision to bench CR7.

“I think this was a team which played very well against Switzerland. Cristiano Ronaldo is a great player, he came in when we thought it was necessary, so no regrets.”

Ronaldo has been the talk of the town throughout this World Cup, firstly after he left Manchester United and then because he was dropped by Portugal. But Santos does not believe it disrupted his side.

“I don’t think what happened to Cristiano Ronaldo and the criticism he received had any impact on the match, we have always been a team that is very united,” he said.

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