Ghanaian coach Otto Addo has complained bitterly about leading his side’s 3-2 defeat to Portugal at the World Cup, saying Cristiano Ronaldo’s historic goal was “a special gift from the referee”.
Most important points:
- Cristiano Ronaldo became the first man to score in five consecutive FIFA World Cup tournaments
- He reached the milestone with a 65th-minute penalty conversion after colliding with Ghanaian defender Mohammed Salisu
- Ghanaian coach, Otto Addo, says he believes a foul has been committed on Salisu
Ronaldo won and then converted a 65th-minute penalty to give Portugal the lead – and become the first man to score in five World Cups – as they won their Group H match.
But Addo thought that the American referee Ismail Elfath made the wrong decision.
“I think it was a very wrong decision, we played the ball – I don’t know why the VAR didn’t come forward, there was no explanation for it,” Addo said of a soft penalty after Ronaldo went down after a minimal shoulder. shoulder contact with Mohammed Salisu.
“It was a wrong decision. It was actually a foul against us.”
Asked about Ronaldo’s milestone goal, Addo said: “If someone scores a goal, congratulations. But this was a gift, a gift indeed.”
Addo said he tried to talk to the referee about some of the decisions afterwards.
“I wanted to do it in a calm way but I was told he was in a meeting. He was not in our favour. We got a few yellow cards, which were deserved, but there was also holding jerseys and stopping of counter-attacks that were also yellow cards but didn’t get them,” he said.
Ghana’s goals were the first by an African team at the World Cup in Qatar in a much improved second half performance and Addo added that the performance gave them some confidence ahead of their next meeting against South Korea.
“We need to win now and we’re under pressure, but so are they,” he said of the South Korean side who drew 0-0 with Uruguay earlier in the day.