So Scotland suffer two defeats in four days - both painful in their own way.
The 2-1 loss in Israel was bruising because it damaged qualification hopes and came against a side much lower in the world rankings.
Tonight's was damaging as it was at home and against what was basically a second-string Portuguese side.
Head coach Alex McLeish did his best to remain positive, but there was a certain despair in his words and demeanour.
His side have been sent home to think once again and prepare for a crucial 17 November trip to Albania and the visit of Israel three days later that will decide whether they live up to their billing as favourites for their Nations League group.
The pressure keeps building.