‘THEFT!’ Outraged Portuguese press hit referee after sensational denial of Cristiano Ronaldo’s late winning goal against Serbia … with front pages calling for ‘VAR, dear, VAR’ after 2022 World Cup qualifying injustice
- Cristiano Ronaldo stormed off the field after being denied a late goal in Serbia
- At 2-2, the icon had the ball over the line, but it was somehow not given as a goal
- The Portuguese newspapers shared Ronaldo’s outrage the next morning
The Portuguese backpages sent a message as fiery as Cristiano Ronaldo’s reaction in Serbia after the icon was shockedly denied a goal in the final moments.
The Juventus star stormed off the field for the final whistle of the World Cup qualifier, which ended 2-2 after the referees’ roar.
Nuno Mendes fired the ball to Ronaldo as time ticked in the last minute of extra time, with forward Marko Dmitrovic tapping the ball and tapping it past him, while Stefan Mitrovic stretched out to get off the line.
The Portuguese press faltered after Cristiano Ronaldo was denied a winning goal in Serbia
Ronaldo appeared to have scored the winner in injury time, but the referees thought it had been cleared
Without VAR, Ronaldo was furious at the full-time whistle because Portugal had to settle for a point
Repetitions clearly showed that the defender had pulled the ball far too late, but with no VAR in place, the referees missed the ball completely. Ronaldo was booked for confronting the linesman, which infuriated the skipper even more.
At home, the nation’s newspapers shared in the outrage, with Mention with the word ‘ROUBO!’ meaning ‘theft’ across their back page.
The ball called the incident ‘shameless’, and The game sarcastically joked ‘var, sweet var’ to headline their coverage of the robbery.
O Jogo wrote ‘VAR DOCE VAR’ on their back page comment, which translated to ‘var, sweet var’
The No. 7 took off his captain’s armband and threw it to the ground amid his rage in Serbia
Ronaldo, who threw his captain’s armband on the ground when he left the field, posted a message on Instagram after the game.
“Being the captain of the Portuguese team is one of the greatest pride and privileges of my life,” said Portugal’s talisman.
‘I always give and will give everything for my country, that will never change.
But there are tough times to deal with, especially when we feel like an entire nation is being harmed. Raise your head and take on the next challenge now! Come on, Portugal! ‘
Ronaldo’s strike would have been a brilliant bargain after Nikola Milenkovic was sent off the field too late
The scandalous ending ended a thriller in Belgrade, as the hosts came back from 2-0 behind after Diogo Jota doubled in the first 36 minutes.
Aleksandar Mitrovic and Filip Kostic hit back in the second half, before Nikola Milenkovic was sent on a wild stoppage time challenge – leaving Portugal on the hunt for a winner.
The boss of the European champions, Fernando Santos, was seen by the referee after the full-time whistle and later revealed that Dutch referee Danny Makkelie had entered Portugal’s dressing room to admit his mistake.
The referee apologized in the booth and told me he was ashamed. I was with him in the locker room and apologized, ”Santos recalled RTP
Portuguese boss Fernando Santos was furious with the Dutch referee, who later apologized
Ronaldo couldn’t take it anymore and left the field before the referee had stopped the match
He had told me on the field that he would see the footage and that if he did, he would call me to apologize – and it was.
‘It is the second time in a qualifying phase that they apologize to me after the game. I told him on the field that there was no VAR or goal line – one of the things he told me was that the goal line was important – but I told him the ball was two feet inside the goal.
‘There was no obstacle between the goalkeeper and the goal line. [it is a] problem because we pulled up. We have to rethink. The referees are human and make mistakes, but that’s why there is the VAR and the goal-line technology to prevent this. ‘