Al Nassr Coach Bizarrely Shows His Phone to Referee To Protest Ronaldo’s Disallowed Goal vs Al Hilal

Al Nassr Coach Bizarrely Shows His Phone to Referee To Protest Ronaldo’s Disallowed Goal vs Al Hilal

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
updated at December 2, 2023 at 7:18 AM
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  • Luis Castro deployed an unconventional approach to prove the authenticity of Cristiano Ronaldo's goal
  • The Al-Nassr manager resorted to technology after the referee disallowed Ronaldo's goal
  • Unfortunately, his appeal fell on dead ears as Al-Nassr lost heavily in the Riyadh Derby

Al-Nassr manager Luis Castro resorted to an unusual tactic to contest the disallowed goal scored by Cristiano Ronaldo against Al-Hilal in the Riyadh Derby.

The highly anticipated match at the King Fahd International Stadium ended in a disappointing three-nil defeat for Castro's team against their local rivals, Al-Hilal, a clash that was considered a showdown between the top two sides in the ongoing Saudi Pro League.

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Al-Nassr boss Luis Castro proved Ronaldo's goal was not offside by showing his phone to the referee. Photos by Khalid Alhaj/MB Media/Getty Images and @ESPNFC/Twitter
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Despite the remarkable performance by Al-Hilal, with goals from Serbian duo Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Aleksandar Mitrovic sealing their victory, the game was marred by several contentious decisions.

One such decision involved Ronaldo's apparent equaliser before Mitrovic extended Al-Hilal's lead.

Ronaldo's disallowed goal

Sadio Mane delivered a precise cross to Cristiano, who expertly dodged Hilal's defence and netted a powerful left-footed equaliser from inside the box, as cited by Fan Nation.

However, Ronaldo's celebration was cut short as the assistant referee flagged the goal as offside, much to his frustration and his team's dismay.

How Al-Nassr's boss reacted to disallowed goal

In an attempt to challenge the officials' ruling, Luis Castro approached the referee to argue that his star player was not in an offside position, thus asserting that Ronaldo's goal should have been counted.

Unfortunately, his efforts were in vain, as the referee upheld the disallowed goal.

Subsequently, Al-Nassr's disappointment was compounded when Mitrovic continued his impressive streak by scoring the second goal in the 89th minute, sealing the victory for Al-Hilal with another goal in added time, per the Straits Times.

Ronaldo tells ref to cancel penalty

In an intriguing turn of events, Sports Brief highlighted Cristiano Ronaldo's display of sportsmanship during Al-Nassr's recent AFC Champions League match against Persepolis on Monday, November 27.

Despite the referee's call for a penalty, Ronaldo quickly approached the official to indicate there was no foul.

His swift intervention led to the cancellation of the penalty after VAR confirmation, showcasing fair play and sportsmanship by the five-time Ballon d'Or winner, as reported by the BBC.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.