- Cristiano Ronaldo was not impressed with Portugal coach after Serbia defeated them to qualify for the World Cup
- The Serbs put up a hard-fighting performance to defeat Selecao 2-1 right in Lisbon to reach the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar
- Portugal will now go through the playoffs, but Ronaldo was captured fuming with their manager after the game
Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo was visibly upset with coach Fernando Santos following Serbia’s World Cup qualification at their expense on Sunday night, Daily Mail reports.
Selecao only needed a draw in Lisbon to progress to Qatar 2022, but they were stunned in the 90th minute following a stunning Aleksandar Mitrovic header at the Estadio da Luz.
All started well for Portugal as Renato Sanches opened the scoring in the opening minutes, but the Serbs equalised through Ajax star Dusan Tadic in the 33rd minute.
Serbia pushed on and stunned the hosts when Mitrovic headed down into the net to make it 2-1 as they qualified straight into Qatar.
Cameras captured Ronaldo shouting and gesticulating furiously with his arms towards the 67-year-old manager as the Portugal boss quickly walked off after a brief handshake with the 36-year-old.
GOAL reports that Ronaldo was then seen having his hands on his hips before walking off the pitch with obvious disappointment.
What did Ronaldo say after the game?
“Football has shown us time and time again that, at times, it is the most winding paths that lead to the most desired outcomes.
“Yesterday's result was tough, but not enough to get us down. The objective of being present at the 2022 World Cup is still very much alive and we know what we have to do to get there. No excuses. Portugal heading to Qatar.”
Portugal’s defeat, which ended a long-standing unbeaten run at home in World Cup qualifiers (since 2013), means the nation will have to wait until March 2022 to take part in a two-game playoff to determine whether they will be in the next World Cup.
Ronaldo celebrates daughter's birthday
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Cristiano Ronaldo and partner Georgina Rodriguez posted a birthday message to their beautiful daughter Alana who turned four.
The Portuguese superstar put aside a disappointing out against the Republic of Ireland during their World Cup qualifiers played at the Aviva Stadium to celebrate his first daughter's birthday.
Georgina also took to her social media handle to post a video and several photos of beautiful Alana.
Ronaldo had earlier posted a scan result on social media that they are expecting twins together to add up the numbers in their family.
Adekunle Gold celebrates like Cristiano Ronaldo after scoring a goal
Legit.ng earlier reported that Adekunle Gold scored a superb goal while playing on a mini football pitch and did the legendary celebration by Cristiano Ronaldo.
The award-winning singer drilled in a shot with his right foot into the corner giving the goalkeeper no chance in attempting a save.
And the next thing on the mind of AG was to run to the corner flank and did the 'siuuu' celebration synonymous with Ronaldo.
Source: Sports Brief News