Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo says the entire nation has been “harmed” after being controversially denied an added-time winner of their World Cup qualifying 2-2 draw in opposition to Serbia.
The Juventus ahead thought he had scored on the loss of life as though his angled shot was cleared by defender Stefan Mitrovic, tv replays appeared to point out the ball crossing the road.
Nonetheless, with no goal-line know-how or VAR out there in Belgrade his effort was disallowed.
A livid Ronaldo was booked for protesting earlier than storming off the pitch on the closing whistle and hurling away his captain’s armband in disgust.
Ronaldo later took to Instagram to vent his frustrations, posting: “I all the time give and can give every part for my nation, that can by no means change.
“However there are troublesome occasions to cope with, particularly after we really feel that a complete nation is being harmed.
“We’ll preserve our heads up and face the subsequent problem now.”
Liverpool ahead Diogo Jota’s double had put the guests in management on the break, however second-half targets from Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic and Filip Kostic noticed Serbia – who had Nikola Milenkovic despatched off in stoppage time – hit again.
‘Unacceptable’ to not have VAR and goal-line know-how
Following the incident, Portugal head coach Fernando Santos mentioned it was ‘unacceptable’ that VAR and goal-line know-how shouldn’t be utilized in each World Cup qualifying sport.
Talking after the sport, Santos mentioned: “I used to be so livid with the state of affairs.
“The referee apologised, he has seen the video and that is the second time it is occurred, a referee apologising after a qualifying sport.
“It is unacceptable to play a World Cup qualifying match with out VAR and goal-line know-how.”
The outcome left each side on 4 factors from two video games as Serbia edged Republic of Eire 3-2 at dwelling of their opening sport on Wednesday whereas Portugal eked out a 1-0 win over Azerbaijan.
The draw additionally made for a bittersweet milestone for Portugal coach Fernando Santos, who reached a uncommon milestone of 1,000 video games as head coach at membership and worldwide stage mixed in his 33-year lengthy profession within the dugout.