Santos questions the referee’s performance in Portugal’s defeat to Switzerland

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Fernando Santos questioned the referee’s performance after Portugal suffered the first defeat in their Nations League campaign for Switzerland.

Haris Seferovic opened the scoring after just 55 seconds in Geneva, the fastest goal in the history of the Nations League and the earliest Switzerland has scored since 1988.

Referee Fran Jovic awarded a penalty to Switzerland 13 minutes later for a handball against Nuno Mendes, but VAR rejected the decision.

A mistake by the home side’s central defense after 2 minutes allowed Nico Elvedi to score for Andre Silva.

Portugal were outraged by the original decision surrounding Jovic at the break and temper continued to boil over into the second half, with Bruno Fernandes confronting the Swiss bench at one point.

While Santos directly refused to criticize the referee’s performance, he admitted his frustrations that Switzerland apparently slowed the game on its way to a 1-0 victory.

“I do not intend to criticize, but when a penalty is awarded, it does not just happen when there is a clear error in midfield … So just look at the number of errors and lost time,” he told reporters .

“The fourth official knows well what happened in the match.”

Santos were pleased with the improvement in the second half, although Swiss hero Jonas Omlin’s heroism left Portugal one point behind group leaders Spain, who defeated the Czech Republic on Sunday.

“During the break, I just said we should have the ball and play differently and push them back,” he added.

“We started very well, in the first few minutes we wanted to put the ball on very quickly [Goncalo] Guedes. We knew that opportunities would arise, and many have arisen. ”

Portugal are not in action again until they visit the Czech Republic in the Nations League on 24 September.

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