Obviously frustrated by his performance on his home soil, Cristiano Ronaldo exploded at the end of the match, after an unsolicited penalty in stoppage time.
Cristiano Ronaldo had undoubtedly imagined a completely different scenario for his great return to Portugal. And all the more so since the five-time Golden Ball was approaching the best moment of its season. Top scorer in the history of the Champions League with 135 goals, CR7 is never as comfortable as when the finals begin. CR7 has indeed scored 67 goals against 48 for his runner-up, Lionel Messi, and has no less than 25 goals at the stage of the round of 16 alone.
The evening nonetheless turned into a nightmare for the former Madrilenian: the Juventus was indeed bowed on the lawn of FC Porto (2-1), conceding his first defeat against the Dragons in the Champions League, and the Portuguese completely passed through, seeming without idea and unable to tell the difference. However, he almost turned the meeting upside down in the last moments of the match.
A yellow smile
Served in the area as the clock ticked off the last seconds of added time, CR7 was indeed swept away by Zaidu Sanusi, the Nigerian defender, taken on the wrong foot by the control of his vis-à-vis, not even touching not the ball. However, the referee did not flinch and whistled the end of the game a few moments later, without the VAR being able to intervene.
What to provoke the anger of Cristiano Ronaldo. Kneeling on the ground, the Turin star hit the ground several times while Zaidu Sanusi gave him a few sweet words. Only his friend Pepe managed to get a smile from him, yellow. Asked after the meeting, Andrea Pirlo fully understood the anger of his star player. “The penalty seems obvious to me. The referee explained by saying that the match was over and that he did not even want to see this situation again on video. This is strange behavior because when something happens that could change the course of the game, you have to go and see and verify it for yourself. You still have to have the courage to award a penalty. Even at the last second of a meeting, ”he said.
Juve puts themselves in danger
Porto-Juventus (2-1), the film of the match
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