World Cup Qualifying: Cristiano Ronaldo walks off after winning goal disallowed

Portugal was held to a 2-2 tie at Serbia in World Cup 2022 qualifying on Saturday when an apparent winning goal by Cristiano Ronaldo in stoppage time was disallowed when his shot was ruled to have not crossed the line before Serbia defender Stefan Mitrovic kicked the ball away.

Cristiano Ronaldo was so incensed by the decision -- there is no goal-line technology or VAR in World Cup qualifying to confirm the call -- that ripped off his captain’s armband, tossed it on the ground and walked off the field.

Spain spared a second draw. Spain, the 2010 World Cup champion, was in danger of opening without a win in its first two games when Dani Olmo scored the winner in stoppage time to give La Roja a 2-1 win over Georgia, which led at halftime. Like Spain, France won on the road after opening with a tie at home. Les Bleus defeated Kazakhstan, 2-0.

Out-sized goalposts delay start. Switzerland won its second World Cup qualifier with a 1-0 decision over Lithuania to keep pace with Italy in Group C but not before the match's kickoff was delayed 15 minutes because one of the goalposts was too big by 2-4 inches on one side. A backup goal replaced the goal.

Saturday, March 27
Group A
Serbia 2 Portugal 2. (Goals: Mitrovic 46, Kostic 60; Diogo Jota 11, 36.)
Ireland 0 Luxembourg 1. (Goal: Rodrigues 85.)
Group E
Czech Republic 1 Belgium 1. (Goals: Provod 50; Lukaku 60.)
Belarus 4 Estonia 2. (Goals: Lisakovich pen. 44, 83, Kendysh 64, Savitskiy 81;Anier 31, Anier 55.)
Group G
Norway 0 Turkey 3. (Goals: Tufan 4, 58, Soyuncu 28.)
Netherlands 2 Latvia 0. (Goals: Berghuis 32, L. de Jong 69.)
Montenegro 4 Gibraltar 1. (Goals: Beciraj 25, Simic 43, Tomasevic 52, Jovetic 80; Styche pen. 30.)
Group H
Russia
2 Slovenia 1. (Goals: Dzyuba 26, 35; Ilicic 36.)
Slovakia 2 Malta 2. (Goals: Strelec 49, kriniar 53; Gambin 16, Satariano 19.)
Croatia 1 Cyprus 0. (Goal: Pasalic 40.)

Sunday, March 28
Group B
Georgia 1 Spain 2. (Goals: Kvaratskhelia 44; Ferran Torres 56, Olmo 90+2.)
Kosovo 0 Sweden 3. (Goals: Augustinsson 12, Isak 35, S. Larsson pen. 70.)
Group C
Bulgaria
0 Italy 2. (Goals: Belotti 43 pen., Locatelli 83.)
Switzerland 1 Lithuania 0. Goal: .Shaqiri 2.)
Group D
Kazakhstan
0 France 2. (Goals: O.Dembele 20, own goal 44.)
Ukraine 1 Finland 1. (Goals: Moraes 80; Pukki pen. 89.)
Group F
Denmark
8 Moldova 0. (Goals: Dolberg pen. 19, 48, Damsgaard 22, 29, Stryger Larsen 35, Jensen 39, Skov 81, Ingvartsen 89.)
Austria 3 Faroe Islands 1. (Goals: Dragovic 30, Baumgartner 37, Kalajdzic 44; Nattestad 19.)
Israel 1 Scotland 1. (Goals: Peretz 44; Fraser 56.)
Group I
Albania
0 England 2. (Goals: Kane 38, Mount 63.)
Poland 3 Andorra 0. (Goals: Lewandowski 30, 55, Swiderski 88.)
San Marino 0 Hungary 3. (Goals: Szalai 13 pen., Sallai 71, Nikolic 88 pen.)
Group J
North Macedonia 5 Liechtenstein 0. (Goals: Bardi 7, Trajkovski 51, 54, Elmas 62, Nestorovski pen. 82.)
Romania 0 Germany 1. (Goals: Gnabry 17.)
ArmeniaIceland 0. (Goals: Barseghyan 53, Bayramyan 74.)

2 comments about "World Cup Qualifying: Cristiano Ronaldo walks off after winning goal disallowed".
  1. R2 Dad, March 29, 2021 at 1:28 p.m.

    We can debate VAR all day long, but there is no excuse for omitting goal line technology at every conceivable WC qualifying match. If Gibraltar doesn't want to pay for it, that's on them. But UEFA shouldn't deprive the rest of the competitors this technology.

  2. Wooden Ships replied, March 29, 2021 at 1:42 p.m.

    I can agree with that R2. I can also state that this was known and even if not by CR7 (players) his leaving in a tantrum is how players too often have evolved. Quit your damn whining and gesticulating and be a teammate. 

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