Cristiano Ronaldo storms off pitch and threw his captain’s armband after being denied a last-minute winning goal against Serbia in a FIFA World Cup qualifier match.
Cristiano Ronaldo was left devastatingly angry after his late winner for Portugal against Serbia was not counted.
The 36-year-old forward stormed off the pitch in the final moments of the game after his only goal of the meeting was overlooked by Dutch referee Danny Makkelie in the 90+4 minutes.
Furious Ronaldo slammed his captain armband by the touchline before walking straight into the dressing room while expressing his dissatisfaction towards the match officials.
His goal would have helped Portugal beat their hosts as the game was tied at 2-2 with the game already in the added time.
The reason Cristiano Ronaldo was so angry 👀 pic.twitter.com/8Wua9iNRSx
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Ronaldo fired a weak volley over the goal line from close range after receiving a superb pass from Nuno Mendes but Serb captain Stefan Mitrovic pulled off a desperate clearance.
The Juventus attacker was convinced the goal was legit but the linesman refused to point his flag in the expected direction – an action which got the winger angry.
Reports claim the goal-line technology was not deployed for the game which made it a little more difficult to decide.
Apart from failing to help his country clinch maximum points after the game, Ronaldo was also denied a chance to close the gap on becoming the player with the most international goals in history.
Cristiano Ronaldo walked off the pitch before the final whistle at the end of the Serbia-Portugal game, and threw his captain's armband in frustration. pic.twitter.com/I2i9uwkPhM
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Reacting to the game, the skipper posted a picture of the Portuguese team with the caption: “Being captain of the Portugal team is one of the greatest privileges of 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 is being harmed. Lift your head and face the next challenge now! Strength, Portugal.”
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Liverpool star Diogo Jota put Portugal in a commanding position in the first half by scoring twice after 36 minutes.
However, Fulham’s Aleksander Mitrovic fired Serbia back into the contest seconds into the second half with a close-range header before Filip Kostic equalised on the hour mark as both teams looked for a winner in the final 30 minutes.
The home team was forced to play the last two minutes with 10 men after Nikola Milenkovic was shown a straight red card.