“We knew the Ivory Coast would not attack much and would stay at the back more. They were afraid of us in the first half, in the second session they got their game a bit more loose, but we played well and did not win only because we did not have any luck,” Ronaldo told RTP 1.
Despite not getting off to a winning start, Ronaldo is upbeat over his team’s chances in qualifying for the knockout stage from the ‘Group of death’, which features Ivory Coast, Brazil, North Korea and themselves.
“Have we lost any margin for error? No, everything is still open, we have to continue like this,” he stated.
Portugal take on North Korea next on 21 June before rounding off their group fixtures against the Samba Kings on 25 June.