Cristiano Ronaldo disallowed goal - Portugal boss Fernando Santos says referee apologised afterwards
The end of the game between Portugal and Serbia was absolutely astonishing. Cristiano Ronaldo thought he had won the game for Portugal but his goal was ruled out for not having crossed the line, except it had. With no goal-line technology Portugal were left fuming. Manager Fernando Santos revealed that the referee came and apologised but it is unlikely to make Portugal or their fans feel better.
'The referee has apologised' - Furious Santos on Ronaldo disallowed goal
For whatever reason FIFA does not mandate that goal-line technology be used in their qualification games.
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Only they would be able to tell you why.
Given how successful it has been, especially compared to it’s more controversial sibling VAR, it seems incredible that goal-line technology is not being used in a World Cup qualifier in 2021.
WHAT THEY SAID
Afterwards Santos said “the referee afterwards saw what had happened and came to me to apologise for the mistake."
The coach went on to say he couldn’t explain the difference between the two halves of football his team played.
Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo (L) reacts during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualification Group A football match between Serbia and Portugal at the Rajko Mitic Stadium, in Belgrade, on March 27, 2021.
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"I don't have an explanation [for the result]. I just can't bring myself. We studied Serbia. We knew how to play them, like we did in the first half. We knew they could change it up, and had the players to do it,
"Serbia started the first half well and scored. They tied the match but we reacted well, creating opportunities. At the end, the ball was half a metre in but it was not given. It would have been a just result if it counted,
"Of course, it does not make up for the fact that we didn't do well enough. But, if we had the ball in the goal, it should have counted.”