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World Cup 2022: Cristiano Ronaldo's milestone goal was a gift from referee, says Ghana coach Otto Addo

Ghana coach Otto Addo lamented the officiating in his team's 3-2 World Cup loss to Portugal on Thursday, saying Cristiano Ronaldo's game-winning goal was a gift from the referee.

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Ronaldo's milestone goal was gift from referee, says Ghana coach Otto Addo (AP)

In Short

  • Ronaldo's milestone goal was gift from referee: Ghana coach Otto Addo
  • Addo said he had tried to talk to the referee about some of the decisions
  • Portugal coach Santos brushed off Addo's criticism of American referee

By India Today Web Desk: Ghana coach Otto Addo insisted that Cristiano Ronaldo's spot-kick goal in his fifth World Cup was a 'gift' from the referee following his side's 3-2 defeat to Portugal in FIFA World Cup 2022.

Ronaldo won and converted a penalty in the 65th minute to give Portugal the lead - and become the first man to score in five World Cups - as they went on to win their Group H game. However, Addo believed that American referee Ismail Elfath had made the incorrect decision.

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"I think it was a really wrong decision, we were playing the ball … I don't know why VAR did not come up, there was no explanation for it," Addo said when he was asked about a soft penalty award after Ronaldo went down following minimal shoulder-to-shoulder contact with Mohammed Salisu.

"It was a wrong decision. It was actually a foul against us," Addo complained.

Asked about Ronaldo's milestone goal, Addo said: "If somebody scores a goal, congratulations. But this was a gift, really a gift."

Addo said he had tried to talk to the referee about some of the decisions afterward.

"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 of jerseys and stopping counter attacks that were also yellow cards but not given to them."

He felt Ghana lacked some good fortune too.

"With a little bit of luck we could have reached one point."

Portugal coach Fernando Santos brushed off Addo's criticism of American referee Elfath, saying that the VAR officials would have intervened had they seen anything untoward.

"If the VAR says referee should see something then he will see it," said Santos.

"If VAR didn't call the referee it's because they saw images and didn't think there was anything to see."