Christiano Ronaldo fumed out of the pitch against the game with Serbia, he was furious with Daniel Makkelie and the dutch team officials when the referee failed to award a goal that would have become the match-winner for the Portuguese.
Ronaldo,36, spiked in a ball that rolled over the goal line before Serb skipper Stefan Mitrovic paved it away and then saved the rebound. This was disallowed no goal become of no goal line technology used. Ronaldo let rip at the assistant who did not flag – and was duly booked – but Portugal were left to settle for a 2-2 draw in their World Cup qualifier in Belgrade.
Fernando Santos said in his statement that makkelie recognises his error that cost them,
He told RTP: “We scored a goal that was not given when the ball went in. In a match of this level, that isn’t possible.
“The referee apologised to me in the booth and told me he was embarrassed. I was in the dressing room with him and apologised to me.
“He had told me on the pitch that he was going to see the images and that if it was the case he was calling me to apologise – and so it was.
“I told him on the pitch that there was no VAR or goal-line technology – one of the things he told me was that the goal line was important – but I told him that the ball was half a metre inside the goal.
“There was no obstacle between the goalkeeper and the goal line. [It is a] problem because we drew. We have to rethink. “The referees are human and make mistakes, but that’s why there is the VAR and the goal-line technology to avoid this.”
With the full-time whistle coming seconds later, Ronaldo ripped off his armband and launched it to the floor then stormed down the tunnel.
Ronaldo later posted a picture of one of the Portuguese match winning games on Instagram, encouraging them to keep the faith and stay strong ahead.