Offensive star Cristiano Ronaldo raged against the wrong decision of the referee team in stoppage time after the Portuguese lost the winning goal in the World Cup qualifier against Serbia (2: 2) (the scene here in the video).
“To be the captain of the Portuguese team is one of the greatest privileges of my life and makes me proud. I give and will always give everything for my country, that will never change,” said the 36-year-old Instagram and added, “But there are difficult times to deal with, especially when you feel like an entire nation is being harmed.”
The Juventus attacker scored 3-2 in the third minute of stoppage time after Portugal surrendered a 2-0 lead. Serbia’s Stefan Mitrovic cleared the ball well behind the line, referee Danny Makkelie did not give the goal. No VAR is used in the World Cup qualification.
Ronaldo could not believe the decision, complained to the assistant and was then warned by the referee. After the final whistle, the superstar stormed off, gesticulating wildly and threw his captain’s armband to the ground.
For the upcoming task on Tuesday against Luxembourg, the striker gave a clear route: “Cheer up and face the next challenge.”
Portugal coach Fernando Santos defends CR7 reaction
Coach Fernando Santos defended the reaction of his protégé and called for the introduction of technical aids in this competition. “I was told that he didn’t react well. That’s the normal frustration of those who score a winning goal for Portugal that doesn’t count,” said the 66-year-old after the game.