Cristiano Ronaldo furiously stormed off the field on Saturday after the 2-2 draw against Serbia. The captain of Portugal could not accept that referee Danny Makkelie did not award his winning goal in injury time.
Ronaldo did not appear in the media after the match in the World Cup qualification, but posted a message on Instagram. “Some things are hard to bear, especially when we feel that an entire nation is being harmed,” he wrote.
In the last minute of injury time at the game in Belgrade, Ronaldo seemed to make the winning goal. His effort was apparently cleared just behind the goal line by Serbian defender Stefan Mitrovic.
Referee Makkelie and his assistants were not sure whether the ball had passed the goal line in its entirety and let play continue. In the World Cup qualification, the VAR is not used and the decision on the use of goal-line technology is made by the home team.
Serbian defender Stefan Mitrovic takes the ball away from behind the goal line after a bet by Ronaldo.
Ronaldo throws captain’s armband furiously on the field
Ronaldo complained furiously to linesman Mario Diks and received a yellow card from Makkelie for this. The Portuguese captain spent the last seconds of the game desperately in the corner of the field, angrily threwing his captain’s armband to the ground. As soon as the whistle was blown, he furiously stamped into the catacombs.
In his Instagram post, Ronaldo emphasized that he is proud of his captaincy. “Being the captain of the Portuguese team is a great pride and a privilege in my life. I will always give everything for my country, that will never change. We have to keep our heads up and take on the next challenge. Come on, Portugal!”
For the users of the app: tap the tweet for a video of Ronaldo’s alleged goal.
‘Makkelie apologized to national coach’
Portuguese national coach Fernando Santos spoke to the media at the press conference after the game. “The referee apologized to me immediately after the game,” he said.
“We have to continue. It was a clear goal, but we cannot change it,” said Santos, who also blamed his own team for the loss of points. “In the first half we had total control, but after the break we gave away the 0-2 lead too easily.”
Serbia and reigning European champion Portugal lead with four points from two duels shared in group A of the World Cup qualification.
Referee Makkelie afterwards in discussion with Portuguese national coach Fernando Santos.
View the results and the positions in the World Cup qualification
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