Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo threw his captain’s armband fiercely and left the field before playing full time after being denied a last-minute victory over Serbia during qualifying for the World Cup on Saturday.
The Juventus player had thought he had hit the winner for Portugal in the last minute of the match, but it is believed that his shot did not cross the line.
However, the repetitions showed that the ball really crossed the line, which means that Portugal was wrongly denied a winning goal.
The match ended in a 2-2 draw.
The Portuguese star was close to scoring a goal to stop when Serbian defender Stefan Mitrovic slipped and swept the ball to obvious safety, although television replays showed it was a goal.
For Ronaldo, the ball had completely crossed the line. It was not for the Dutch referee Danny McKelly and he rewarded Ronaldo’s complaints with a yellow card.
The incident will no doubt be used by fans of the video review to argue about the use of VAR in qualifying matches for the world’s most important football tournament.
Juventus striker Ronaldo made a hidden reference to the incident in a post on the social network after the match.
“Being captain of the Portuguese team is one of the biggest sources of pride and privilege in my life. I always give and will give everything for my country that will never change. But there are difficult times to deal with, especially when we feel that an entire nation has been harmed. Raise your head and face the next challenge now! “Ronaldo wrote in Portuguese on his Instagram account.
For a 10-man Serbia, it was the perfect end to an inspired two-goal deficit kickback.
(With AP inputs)