Portugal Bust-up Played Down

  • Last Updated: June 25 2012, 2:17 BST

Ricardo Costa has admitted that 'things got a bit heated' after a confrontation between Ricardo Quaresma and Miguel Lopes at training on Saturday.

Ricardo Quaresma: Clashed with Lopes in training

The Portuguese press reported that there had been a bust-up between the pair during one drill when Quaresma was pushed to the ground by Lopes.

It is alleged that the winger then kicked out at Lopes' legs and team-mates had to step in to prevent the situation getting worse.

Defender Costa stood in front of Quaresma to calm him down while coach Paulo Bento also got involved.

"It's just normal things that happen in training," Costa said at a news conference later.

"Things got a bit heated between two players. We're pumped up, we always want to win and sometimes small things happen.

"Everything's sorted now. We all want to play (in the semi-final) and sometimes stuff happens."

Portugal beat Czech Republic 1-0 in the first Euro 2012 quarter-final on Thursday and will play the winner of Saturday's match between Spain and France next Wednesday.