Ricardo Carvalho has pinpointed Portugal's disappointing attacking play as the reason behind their World Cup exit.
Carlos Queiroz's side impressed defensively throughout the tournament, keeping three consecutive clean sheets in the group phase as they progressed behind Brazil.
However, the first goal they did concede proved decisive after slumping to a 1-0 defeat to Spain in the last 16 on Tuesday evening.
Portugal created a couple of chances against Spain but struggled to find much fluency in possession and Carvalho admits the forwards did not fire on all cylinders.
"I think you need more offensively," said the Chelsea centre-back.
"We defended well but you have to create more chances to score. We were just playing on the counter-attack and I think you need more to win this kind of game.
"Everyone wants to do better but the reality was sometimes we lost the ball quickly and it was difficult because Spain had more possession and were more dangerous.
"Of course, we had one or two chances and if you score then it could be different. But in the end we should do more offensively to try to win the game."
Portugal only managed to score in one of their four matches in the World Cup, although they did smash seven past North Korea.
Carvalho, who enjoyed a near faultless personal campaign, added: "We defended well and didn't create too many chances, though we've got great players to do it.
"We defend as a team but we also have to create as a team.
"We had chances to score ourselves and maybe change the game but in the second half they scored.
"I think it was a little bit offside as well, but they had the luck to score and after that it was difficult."
Carvalho will be 36 by the time the next World Cup comes around in 2014 and he admits it is hard to consider the prospect of such a long wait.
"At this moment it's difficult to think about another World Cup in four years. I feel good (physically) but at this moment it is difficult," he said.
"You have always got to dream of playing one final and I haven't given up yet."