Portugal coach Fernando Santos has described the dilemma he faced during his side's 2-2 draw Euro 2020 Group F with France but insisted his players went out looking for the win even though they risked being knocked out.
The holders were facing a shock exit when Karim Benzema put France 2-1 up as outsiders Hungary were beating Germany.
Even when Cristiano Ronaldo equalised with his second penalty, Portugal were one goal away from going out until Leon Goretzka's leveller in Munich, which meant the other game also ended 2-2.
Portugal came third in the group to set up a tough last-16 tie with Belgium, who won all their group games, in Seville on Sunday.
"I couldn't be sure of anything," Santos told reporters after a rollercoaster final evening in Group F.
"I could have tried to make us go for a third goal but if we'd lost, Germany would gone through ahead of us. What mattered was trying to win while maintaining our quality and shape."
Santos said he tried to not focus on events in Munich and had warned his players not to either.
"We did what we had to do. I even warned the players to not think about the other results as it wouldn't bring us anything positive. But the players lived so intensely that when I screamed to go forward my voice no longer reached them," he said.
"The team always wanted to win, but we also knew we couldn't lose. Portugal did everything to win."
Portugal have only three days to rest ahead of the game with Belgium, who last played on Monday, but Santos tried to play down the significance of the fact his side will have less time to prepare.
"We improved a lot compared to the other game. Now we have to improve some more before we play Belgium. Any opponent will have difficulties against us because we are always able to score," he added.
"We have 48 hours less than them to get ready, but it doesn't matter. We won't be at a disadvantage. Rest is very important and we'll have to make sure our players recover well so they are fresh.
"But we cannot view this as a handicap. We'll analyse the Belgium team and prepare the game with the same goal as always, to progress."
France manager Didier Deschamps warned their Euro 2020 rivals there is plenty more to come from the world champions ahead of the knockout stage.
Deschamps said: "In terms of points, we are first. Maybe other teams gave a better impression than the French team but now it is a new competition that starts.
"The first match against Germany was really important for us and to win this one point against Hungary allowed us even before this match to be qualified but as I said to the players we don’t want to do any calculations because we don’t want to take any risks.
"We have seen everything could change very quickly in this group. Of course we didn’t do everything well all the time and we can improve some things."
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A positive for France was Benzema scoring his first international goals since 2015 after the Real Madrid forward received a surprise recall before the European Championships got under way and he was happy to silence the doubters.
Benzema said: "I knew as soon as I would be in the national team, the critics would come out – that is part of the football game but I never give up.
"As soon as I put my feet on the pitch I want to score and today I managed to do that. But I am training a lot. It was always like that, even when I was a little kid.
"Today everyone was waiting for this goal and that was some kind of extra motivation for me. Of course there is another pressure than when you play for your club because it is your whole country but for me it is a great pleasure."