Portuguese press hit out at ‘THEFT’ in referee sensationally denying Cristiano Ronaldo a late winning goal against Serbia… with front pages calling for ‘VAR, sweet, VAR’ following 2022 World Cup qualifying injustice
- Cristiano Ronaldo stormed off the pitch 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 following morning
The Portuguese back pages sent a message as fiery as Cristiano Ronaldo’s reaction in Serbia after the icon was shockingly denied a goal in the dying moments.
The Juventus star stormed off the pitch before the final whistle of the World Cup qualifier, which ended 2-2 following the officials’ howler.
Nuno Mendes fired the ball over to Ronaldo as time ticked towards the third minute of added time, with the forward beating goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic to the ball and tapping it past him, as Stefan Mitrovic stretched to clear off the line.
The Portuguese press fumed after Cristiano Ronaldo was a denied a winning goal in Serbia
Ronaldo hit an effort towards goal and it looked in, but the officials said it had not gone over
With no VAR, Ronaldo was furious at the full-time whistle as Portugal had to settle for a point
Replays clearly showed the defender had hooked the ball away far too late, but with no VAR in place the officials completely missed the ball crossing the line. Ronaldo was booked for confronting the linesman, enraging the skipper even further.
Back home the nation’s newspapers shared in the outrage, with Record slapping the word ‘ROUBO!’, meaning ‘theft’, across their back page.
A Bola called the incident ‘shameless’, and O Jogo sarcastically quipped ‘var, sweet var’ to headline their coverage of the robbery.
O Jogo wrote ‘VAR DOCE VAR’ on their back page reaction, translating to ‘var, sweet var’
The No.7 took his captain’s armband off and chucked it to the floor in frustration as he raged
Ronaldo, who threw his captain’s armband to the floor as he left the pitch, put out a message on Instagram after the match.
‘Being captain of the Portugal team is one of the greatest pride and privileges of my life,’ Portugal’s talisman said.
‘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 is being harmed. Lift your head and face the next challenge now! Come on, Portugal!’