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Portugal coach Antonio Oliveira has attributed his side’s improved display against Poland, to the players performing as a team rather than indivduals.

“We have to win twice and we’ve got one of those games out of the way,” said a relieved Oliveira.

“I’m very pleased. We used a different strategy against Poland than the one we did against the United States and it paid off.”

“However, the most important thing was that all the players contributed. There has been a change of attitude since the last match,” added Oliveira.

“The players played as a team rather than a collection of individuals and when there is a good team spirit it is easy to win games.

“They know that they are a good team and this game they believed in themselves. We’ve been winning games this way for the last 11 years,” commented Oliveira.

However, Oliveira acknowledges that Portugal still face an uphill battle if they are too reach the lasst 16.

“Korea have shown that they are not a team to be taken lightly. They are a good team but our idea is not to play just one more game but to go on in this competition,” said Oliveira.

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