Ronaldo’s goal a gift from referee: Ghana


Ghana coach Otto Addo has complained about the refereeing in his side’s 3-2 World Cup loss to Portugal, saying Cristiano Ronaldo’s historic goal was a gift from the referee.

Ronaldo won, then converted, a 65th-minute penalty to give Portugal the lead and become the first man to score in five World Cups as they won their Group H fixture.

However, Addo felt that American referee Ismail Elfath made the wrong choice.

“I think it was a really bad decision, we were playing the ball…I don’t know why VAR didn’t come, there was no explanation for it,” Addo said of the award. a soft penalty after Ronaldo fell. Minimal shoulder-to-shoulder contact with Mohammed Salisu.

“It was a bad decision. It was actually a foul against us,” complained Addo.

Asked about Ronaldo’s scoring goal, Addo said: “If someone scores a goal, congratulations. But it was a gift, really a gift.”

Addo said he tried to talk to the referee about some of the decisions afterwards.

“I wanted to do it calmly but I was told he was in a meeting. He was not in our favour. We had a few yellow cards which were deserved but there were also jersey outfits and counter-attack stops yellow cards but not given.”

He felt that Ghana was also unlucky. “Hopefully we could have reached a point.”

Ghana’s goals were the first for an African side at the World Cup in Qatar in a vastly improved second-half performance and Addo added the performance gave them some confidence about their next encounter against South Korea Monday.

“We have to win now and we are under pressure, but so are they,” he said.

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