Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari believes Portugal’s “warrior spirit” will help them prevail when they face France in Wednesday’s semi-final.
“We had the chance to create a piece of history at Euro 2004 and we didn’t take it,” said Scolari.
“Now we have got another chance to make history at the World Cup.”
“The spirit of this team is remarkable. This is a new team and it’s a new spirit. It’s a warrior spirit. This is what we were missing in the past.”
Portugal full-back Miguel said his team will overcome any fatigue they encountered during their penalty shotout victory over England.
“The last two games have been enormously tiring but I can guarantee we’re prepared for France,” he said.
“We’ve not got this far for a while. Desire will help us beat tiredness.
“This is a very special moment for us, and all the Portuguese people, so we don’t want to disappoint them and ourselves.
“We have reached this round, we know our worth. On Wednesday we have to do our best so our consciences rest well even if things go against us.”