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FIFA World Cup: Portuguese seek culprits for World Cup flop

PTI 23 Jun 2014, 18:04:21 PM IST
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Lisbon, Portugal: Portugal fans searching for explanations for their team's disappointing FIFA World Cup performances are finding plenty of possible culprits.
   


A last-gasp 2-2 draw against the United States on Sunday, following a 4-0 thrashing by Germany, has left the Portuguese on the verge of a first-round exit from the tournament in Brazil.
   
Returning home after the group stage would be a stunning upset for team ranked fourth in the world by FIFA.
   
The finger-pointing has already begun, though. Targets for criticism include the team's perceived over-dependence on star Cristiano Ronaldo, poor physical preparation, misguided organization for the tournament, coach Paulo Bento's failure to bring new players into the team, and a squad that's thin on quality midfielders and strikers.
   
A glum Ronaldo commented, "we're probably just an average team."