Postiga confident of goals
Portugal's Helder Postiga has hit back at the critics after drawing a blank against Germany.
Last Updated: 10/06/12 3:23pm
Portugal striker Helder Postiga has hit back at the critics after drawing a blank against Germany and insists it's the responsibility of the team to score goals.
Postiga was part of a Portugal side that was listless for large periods against Joachim Low's team in their opening Group B encounter.
However, it was not until Mario Gomez put his country ahead after 72 minutes that Cristiano Ronaldo and his team-mates began to show real intent, which culminated in them hitting the woodwork twice.
"I obviously feel more responsibility as I play up front and we have gone through the whole game without scoring," said Postiga.
"But it is sometimes not only down to me. Football is a team sport."
Accusations have been levelled at Paulo Bento's men that they lack the mentality to succeed on the big occasions, but the Real Zaragoza striker dismissed that notion.
"The mentality is not the problem at all," he added.
"I think we're fine in that regard. We went out to compete as equals against a powerhouse like Germany and were very close to winning the game.
"There were flaws in our performance but we know sooner or later those opportunities will be transformed into goals. We must be patient."
Portugal must now aim to defeat Denmark and Postiga knows the onus is on his team to take the game to their opponents, who shocked the Netherlands 1-0 in Group B opener.
"We know that the next game is crucial for us and so we go into it knowing that we have to win," he concluded.