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The World Cup qualifier in Serbia was poised at 2-2 and the game was in the final minute of stoppage time. Cue some Ronaldo heroics.
The 36-year-old ran on to Nuno Mendes' pass and snuck a perfectly placed shot under the goalkeeper. As the ball rolled towards the goal, Stefan Mitrovic raced back and impressively hooked the ball away.
PORTUGAL HAVE BEEN ROBBED.
CRISTIANO HAS BEEN ROBBED OFF A WINNER...pic.twitter.com/MiJb2UP37A
- The CR7 Timeline. (@TimelineCR7) March 27, 2021
But not - images seem to show - quite in time to stop the whole of the ball crossing the line first.
Ronaldo's 103rd International goal in my book pic.twitter.com/PfJeO3yvz8- :dizzy: (@Madridi7ii) March 27, 2021
:camera_with_flash: Even clearer picture.
Definitely a goal and Portugal robbed! pic.twitter.com/uCjJUX4cfX
- TeamCRonaldo. (@TeamCRonaldo) March 27, 2021
However without goalline technology in play, the officials gave the benefit of the doubt to the Serbian centre-back.
Meaning Ronaldo had had what arguably should've been a superb late winner - giving his side a 3-2 away victory and three crucial points - snatched away.
The Portugal captain was booked for expressing his frustration at the decision, as he clearly believed he'd just scored his 103rd international goal.
What we all saw vs. What the referee saw pic.twitter.com/RvRjesXOst- TeamCRonaldo. (@TeamCRonaldo) March 27, 2021
Cristiano Ronaldo becomes the FIRST PLAYER EVER in the history of football to get a yellow card for scoring a goal...pic.twitter.com/BrgU8FqesD- The CR7 Timeline. (@TimelineCR7) March 27, 2021
Earlier in the game, Liverpool's Diogo Jota had put the visitors into a 2-0 lead. But Serbia fought back through Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic and Filip Kostic.
However they seemed to have been very lucky to escape with a point in the end, as Ronaldo's stoppage-time shot should - it appears - have resulted in one final, decisive goal in the tie.
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