Luis Figo, one of Portugal's greatest players, believes Cristiano Ronaldo's teammates will have to do more to help the world's most expensive player sparkle at Euro 2012 after a disappointing defeat to Germany.
Ronaldo rarely made an impact in the game that was decided by Mario Gomez's 72nd minute winner but Figo said he did not deserve criticism for the display.
"I think the team need to give him the chances to have a good performance," Figo (39) said on Sunday.
"The characteristic of Cristiano is to finish, to score, so if the team doesn't produce those kind of opportunities then of course his performance is down."
Figo said his country could now afford no more slip-ups in Group B. "We have to improve. Portugal were not so efficient in the opportunities we had. We don't have time for any more mistakes - we have to win the next two games," he said.