Cristiano Ronaldo could not believe his late effort was deemed not to have crossed the line by match officials
Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo tore off his armband in anger and went straight to the dressing room after seeing his last-minute winner against Serbia ignored in Saturday’s World Cup qualifier.
The Juventus ace thought that he had salvaged victory for the visitors after they had squandered a two-goal lead.
But his strike was wrongly deemed to have not crossed the line, leaving a relieved Serbia to celebrate a 2-2 draw while Portugal raged at the match officials.
Having opened their qualifying campaign with a 1-0 win over Azerbaijan, the reigning European champions were hoping to make it six points out of six on Saturday.
Diogo Jota proved key, scoring both goals to put the Selecao comfortably ahead before half-time.
Serbia did not give up, though, netting through Aleksandar Mitrovic and Filip Kostic after the break to level the game.
All those efforts, though, looked set to end in vain when Ronaldo squeezed the ball over the line in the dying seconds, despite Mitrovic’s desperate efforts to clear.
But while television replays showed that the ball had clearly crossed, no goal was forthcoming; and Ronaldo, who had already wheeled away in celebration, began remonstrating with the linesman while play continued around him.
The forward earned a yellow card for his troubles and stormed off the pitch even before the final whistle sounded, tossing his captain’s armband onto the floor for good measure.
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