Portugal goalkeeper Eduardo admits his team's World Cup campaign was doomed to failure as soon as they lost 4-0 to Germany in their opening match.
Paulo Bento's side went on to draw 2-2 with the United States and beat Ghana 2-1 but were unable to recover their goal difference, which proved decisive as the United States progressed as Group G runners-up to the last 16.
Eduardo, who came on as a substitute against Ghana for a tearful Beto, admits the defeat to Germany was a crushing blow.
"We're not in the round of 16 because of that opening game against Germany," Eduardo told FIFA.com
"We have to take this on the chin. We spoke about our objective and there's nothing we can do about it now.
"Obviously we're sad and disappointed about it, but carrying on crying about it isn't going to change anything. We've got a good group of players."
On Beto's emotional end, Eduardo added: "I can really understand what was going through Beto's mind.
"No-one likes being substituted, especially in a situation like that, just a few minutes from the end of the World Cup for us."
It is the first time in six major international tournaments that Portugal have failed to qualify for the knock-out stages but winger Nani insists the team gave everything they could.
"I hope the people back home aren't too disappointed," Nani added.
"We gave everything we had to give and I think we did the jersey proud. That's football.
"We have to lift ourselves now and think about the competitions coming up."