Portugal’s marketing campaign on the FIFA World Cup 2022 ended after 0-1 loss to Morocco within the quarter-final on Saturday. Youssef En-Nesyri was the hero for Morocco as his purpose within the forty second minute proved to be the distinction between the 2 groups. Morocco grew to become the primary African nation to achieve the semi-final within the historical past of World Cup. They will now face off towards France within the semi-final on Thursday, December 15.
Disappointment was writ massive on the face of Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo who featured within the fifth World Cup of his profession in a bid to win the coveted trophy for the primary time for his nation. The 37-year-old star footballer grabbed eyeballs for not being a part of the beginning XI for the second consecutive time within the knockout stage after being benched within the spherical of 16 towards Switzerland. However, he performed as an alternative in each video games. Earlier experiences of Ronaldo’s rift with Portugal supervisor Fernando Santos and the previous threatening to go away Portugal World Cup squad, had surfaced in some media platforms.
Ronaldo’s teammate Bruno Fernandes refuted the claims that the whole episode round Ronaldo had an affect on Portugal’s efficiency towards Morocco.
“Maybe because of who he is, people click more often on news about him to see what it’s about,” Fernandes informed Portugese media RTP3.
“But it was not for any of these reasons that the team did not go further in the World Cup. We simply could not beat Morocco,” he added.
However Fernandes blamed the match referee for Portugal’s disappointing exit. He pointed fingers at referee Facundo Tello, slamming the Argentine’s refereeing of the match.
“I’ll say what I have to say. It’s very strange to have a referee who still has their national team in the competition and we don’t have a Portuguese referee. Our referees officiate the Champions League, so they have the quality and level to be here. They [Argentine referees] don’t referee in the Champions League, they are not used to this type of game, they don’t have the pace for this.” mentioned Fernandes.
“In the first half there is a clear penalty on me. Never in my life will I let myself fall over when I am alone in front of the goalkeeper and can shoot in a situation like that. The VAR checked and gave nothing. There were many times when the game was stopped and in the second half there should have been at least 15 or 20 minutes of added time,” he added.