Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe Portugal futures questioned as Roberto Martinez admits 'it's too soon and raw'

Roberto Martinez admitted it was 'too soon and raw' to be discussing Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe's futures with Portugal after defeat to France on penalties.

Joao Felix was the unfortunate one in the shootout as he hit the woodwork at the Hamburg Arena, mirroring the scoreless battle that dragged through two hours of play. French stopper Mike Maignan became a barrier the Portuguese could not overcome in the shootout finale while Diogo Costa, who had previously been Portugal's saviour with a triple save against Slovenia, could do nothing as Les Blues netted all five efforts with Theo Hernandez slotting home the decisive strike.

In emotional scenes veteran Pepe, who is 41, was seen weeping in Ronaldo's embrace. The former Real Madrid and Manchester United star, now 39, has already signalled this Euros tournament would be his last following the match with Slovenia. Post-match, when probed about Pepe, Martinez responded: "His tears are frustration. Pepe is a role model in Portuguese football. What he did tonight and in the tournament will stay with us for the next generations.", reports the Mirror.

Facing further questions, but this time on superstar Ronaldo, Martinez added: "It's too soon and raw after the match to talk about that and there have been no individual decisions made."

Discussing the game, he went on: "We played well and created many opportunities. I am proud of the players, they showed great character. We had more of the ball and demonstrated lots of personality. We deserved to win and it's a sad moment, but the players should be extremely proud of themselves."

Portugal's Ruben Dias commented: "Penalties are always a lottery. They've been on our side before but they weren't today. We need to keep a cool head and be aware of the level we played at. We're out but we were very close to progressing and I see our team as increasingly capable and resourceful. We need to keep that in mind, because the majority of us will still be here [for future campaigns] and we'll have new challenges."