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 dying as though his angled shot was cleared by defender Stefan Mitrovic, tv replays appeared to indicate the ball crossing the road.
However, with no goal-line expertise or VAR obtainable in Belgrade his effort was disallowed.
A livid Ronaldo was booked for protesting earlier than storming off the pitch on the last whistle and hurling away his captain’s armband in disgust.
Ronaldo later took to Instagram to vent his frustrations, posting: “I at all times give and can give every part for my nation, that can by no means change.
“But there are tough instances to take care of, particularly once we really feel that a complete nation is being harmed.
“We will keep our heads up and face the next challenge now.”
Liverpool ahead Diogo Jota’s double had put the guests in management on the break, however second-half objectives 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 expertise
Following the incident, Portugal head coach Fernando Santos mentioned it was ‘unacceptable’ that VAR and goal-line expertise shouldn’t be utilized in each World Cup qualifying sport.
Speaking after the sport, Santos mentioned: “I was so furious with the situation.
“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’s unacceptable to play a World Cup qualifying match without VAR and goal-line technology.”
The end result left either side on 4 factors from two video games as Serbia edged Republic of Ireland 3-2 at home 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.