Portugal coach Paulo Bento said Saturday his team can start packing their bags if they don't beat the United States on Sunday in Manaus.
Portugal was thrashed 4-0 by Germany in their Group G opener and anything other than a win against the U.S. would take qualification for the last 16 out of their hands. Added to that, their preparation for Sunday's clash has been far from ideal as injuries and a suspension have shorn Bento of four players, with a fifth, Bruno Alves, a doubt as well. But Bento wants no excuses.
"Let's stop talking about the absentees and think about playing," he snapped.
"The situation is very simple: either we win or we start to pack our bags.
"If it's a draw, it's the same. That's not a scenario the Portuguese are used to.
"When you need to react, I think we're good. I truly believe and the players have to convince themselves too.
"The merit is all theirs. I only have a little. Now they have to fight to improve their credit.
"We need a team that is confident in itself and able to control the different aspects of the match."