Did Ronaldo slap a player?
Ronaldo scored twice in the final minutes of the match to rescue Portugal and also set a new record. ... While Ronaldo, waiting at the penalty spot, placed the ball before O'Shea kicked the ball away, leading to Ronaldo retaliating by slapping the defender. News18Did Cristiano Ronaldo Slap Irish Footballer Dara O'Shea During Portugal vs Ireland Match?
Ronaldo's record-breaking goal, stoppage-time winner remind us that no one does drama like Portugal's captain
02 September, 2021 - 01:00pm
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FARO, Portugal -- If anyone is still wondering whether Manchester United are getting a Cristiano Ronaldo whose best days are firmly behind him, just ask the shell-shocked Republic of Ireland players who thought they had denied him a goal-scoring world record in Estadio Algarve, only to see the Portugal captain smash it and then add to it in the space of seven crazy minutes at the end of a 2-1 World Cup qualifying victory.
Nobody does remarkable football drama quite like Ronaldo, but this historic night in Faro was up there with all of the great moments of his incredible career, largely because, for 89 minutes, he was having one of those nights when everything seemed to be going against him and his team. But at the end of it, he had claimed the international scoring record solely for himself having been locked on 109 goals alongside former Iran striker Ali Daei since netting twice against France at Euro 2020.
"I'm extremely happy, I needed one goal and I've scored two," Ronaldo said. "I'm very happy for the two goals that gave us the victory and for breaking the record.
"This record is mine and it is unique. I'm extremely happy and it's another one for my career. It's about motivation and the desire I have to continue playing football, also from this last contract I made, in which I was happy to return home.
"If we get up every day with the ambition to motivate and do better, to make the fans and our children happy, that is essential. It's another record for the museum."
Ronaldo is now on 111 goals for Portugal after scoring his 110th with a stunning header from an 89th-minute Goncalo Guedes cross. And the 36-year-old, who completed his return to United from Juventus on Monday, did it again with another header from close range in the sixth minute of stoppage time from Joao Mario's cross.
That goal prompted Ronaldo to race away in celebration, ripping off his top in the process. That led to him being yellow carded by referee Matej Jug; a booking that means he is suspended for Tuesday's qualifier against Azerbaijan in Baku and therefore able to report earlier for duty at Old Trafford once again.
But while this ended up being a memorable occasion for the right reasons for Ronaldo, it could so easily have come to a shuddering halt after just 10 minutes.
With Portugal having been awarded a penalty following a Jeff Hendrick foul on Bruno Fernandes, Ronaldo grabbed the ball for the spot kick, sensing an easy opportunity to break the record. But at the same time, he lashed out at Ireland defender Dara O'Shea, who fell to the ground. Referee Jug was called to review the penalty decision by VAR, but for some reason, he was not asked to check the Ronaldo incident.
It was a very fortunate escape from a red card, but if Ronaldo thought his luck was in, he would have thought otherwise moments later when Ireland goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu, a 19-year-old Manchester City player who was relegated to English football's fourth tier while on loan at Rochdale last season, dived to his right to save Ronaldo's penalty. That was the seventh penalty miss from 21 taken in Ronaldo's Portugal career.
Whisper it, but United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer might want to have a quiet word with his new signing about allowing Fernandes to continue as the first-choice spot-kick taker at Old Trafford. Good luck with that, Ole.
From the moment Bazunu saved his penalty, Ronaldo cut a frustrated figure. This really wasn't how the script was supposed to play out, especially at a stadium where he had scored more goals (10) than anywhere else in his international career. This wasn't one of the citadels of Lisbon or Porto, but an unremarkable stadium with two temporary stands on Portugal's Algarve coast.
A tactical switch by coach Fernando Santos at the start of the second half, which saw Ronaldo move to the left and substitute Andre Silva play through the centre, gave Ronaldo more freedom to create his own chances.
Fernandes, who struggles to impress with Portugal, once again found it difficult to make an impact, with Santos favouring the ball being played through Bernardo Silva. Neither Fernandes nor Silva seemed capable of getting the ball to their talisman and it was painful to watch at times as Ronaldo increasingly threw his arms in the air in exasperation.
As the game wore on, Ronaldo's desperation to score became obvious, too. On three occasions, he saw long-range efforts blocked by Irish defenders and then saw Bazunu dive full stretch to push away an 89th-minute free kick.
But with the clock ticking and Ireland on course for a huge win in Group A, Ronaldo did what Ronaldo does: He made a decisive impact when all around him had virtually given up. His record-breaking goal was classic Ronaldo: a powerful leap and pinpoint header, and the stadium erupted in joy and relief.
But that wasn't enough for Ronaldo. He may have achieved his personal target, but Portugal still needed a win to maintain control of their World Cup qualification hopes and he did it again in the 96th minute. Another cross from the right, another incredible leap and yet again, the ball nestled in the corner of the net.
That goal saw the stadium erupt. It was a sensational end to the game, but you get the impression with Ronaldo that it merely marked the start of something else.
He now has 111 goals in 180 games for Portugal, so it's now on to the next target.
How about 120 goals and 200 games? Whatever he decides, don't bet against him achieving it. That's Ronaldo -- he writes his own stories on a football pitch.
02 September, 2021 - 01:00pm
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02 September, 2021 - 10:26am
The Boys in Green were close to causing a huge upset on Wednesday, but a late double from Cristiano Ronaldo turned the tie around.
The loss left them without a victory in 14 competitive games, their worst run in history, and without a point in the qualifiers.
Luckily for them, Azerbaijan haven't won a single game in Group A either, while their last competitive victory came back in September 2020.
The sides have never played each other before. The upcoming clash will be their first in history.
Ireland Form Guide (all competitions): L-D-W-D-L
Azerbaijan Form Guide (all competitions): L-L-W-L-L
The Boys in Green might be forced into a few changes on Saturday with Dara O'Shea likely to sit out after trudging off the pitch injured against Portugal.
Veteran striker Shane Long tested positive for COVID-19 before the game against Portugal and is in self-isolation. He is a doubt for this game.
Norwich City defender Andrew Omobamidele made his international debut on Wednesday and might come into the XI at the weekend.
With games coming thick and fast, head coach Stephen Kenny might introduce some fresh legs to his line-up, with players such as James McCeal and Conor Hourihane starting in midfield.
Injured: Dara O'Shea
Doubtful: Shane Long
Azeri manager Gianni De Biasi will be concerned with his side's lack of attacking firepower.
The Milli komanda have struck only twice in the qualifiers so far and mustered only three shots at goal.
Ali Ghorbani is currently undergoing a dry spell in front of goal and might be replaced in the starting XI.
Ireland (3-4-3): Gavin Bazunu; Andrew Omobamidele, Shane Duffy, John Egan; Seamus Coleman, Jeff Hendrick, Josh Cullen, Matt Doherty; Jayson Molumby, Aaron Connolly; Adam Idah.
Azerbaijan (5-4-1): Shahrudin Mahammadaliyev; Abbas Huseynov, Hojjat Haqqverdi, Maksim Medvedev, Azer Salahli, Toral Bayramov; Ismayil Ibrahimli, Anatoliy Nuriev, Mahir Emreli, Emin Mahmudov; Filip Ozobic.
Ireland will be desperate to arrest their 14-game winless run, the worst in the nation's history.
Although the side came really close to winning against Portugal, don't expect a similar late turnaround by Azerbaijan, who're on a low-ebb themselves.
Prediction: Ireland 2-1 Azerbaijan
02 September, 2021 - 04:00am
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It was a record-breaking night for Cristiano Ronaldo, but Dara O’Shea managed to get under the Portuguese striker’s skin.
The West Bromwich Albion defender provoked the now-Manchester United star. O’Shea kicked away Ronaldo’s penalty whilst play had been stopped for a VAR check.
The move caused Ronaldo to lash out at O’Shea. The Republic of Ireland defender theatrically fell to the floor holding his face as he was hit on the shoulder.
Ronaldo would go on to miss the penalty. But the 36-year-old attacker would have the last laugh as the striker scored two late goals to not only secure the win for Portugal but to also break the record for the most international goals for a male player.
Indeed, O’Shea was taken off for Ireland due to an injury 35 minutes in. But his moment against Ronaldo was enough to get supporters on social media fuming.
Republic of Ireland and West Brom fans immediately jumped to defend O’Shea. Whilst Portugal and United supporters were quick to justify Ronaldo and his slap.
Indeed, O’Shea has been one of West Brom’s best performing players this season. Moreover, the 22-year-old talent has been key to the Baggies strong start to life back in the Championship.
And on social media, West Brom fans were quick to call out Ronaldo for lashing out at O’Shea.
Here’s what some supporters had to say on Twitter about the incident between Ronaldo and O’Shea…
I'm telling Big Val…. watch your back 👀😂
How dare he punch our Dara like that. Get his mam after him.
should be off for that by the letter of the law
Dara is actually so jokes 😂
Dara lives in ronaldo’s head rent-free https://t.co/dCgmHBUty5
02 September, 2021 - 02:25am
Date published: Thursday 2nd September 2021 8:25 - Will Ford
Cristiano Ronaldo has apologised for receiving a needless yellow card in Portugal’s 2-1 victory over the Republic of Ireland in their World Cup qualifier on Wednesday.
The striker scored a late brace of headers to turn the tie around after Ireland’s 45th minute opener to become the all-time leading scorer in men’s international football, overtaking Ali Daei’s record.
The Portugal skipper had earlier seen a penalty saved by teenage goalkeeper Gavin Bazuna.
His celebration for the record-breaking goal has inadvertently handed his new club Manchester United a boost, as the yellow card he was shown for taking his shirt off has ruled him out of the next qualifying game for his country.
It means he can meet up with his new teammates at Old Trafford sooner than expected.
Ronaldo apologised after the game, explaining that his “emotions speak louder”.
“I forgot. It’s the emotion of the game. Maybe the coach will give me a hard time, but it doesn’t matter. The important thing was to help the team. I’m sorry, but the emotions speak louder.”
Ronaldo later took to Instagram: “From all the records that I have broken during my career – and fortunately there have been a few – this one is very special for me and it’s certainly on the shelf of the achievements that make me truly proud.
“First of all, because every time I represent my country is a special moment, for knowing that I’m defending Portugal and showing to the world what Portuguese people are made of.
“Secondly, because national teams competitions have always had a very strong impact on me as I was growing up, watching my idols playing for their flags every other summer in Euros and in World Cups.
“But finally and above all, because scoring 111 goals for Portugal means 111 moments like the ones we experienced today in Algarve, moments of worldwide union and happiness for millions and millions of Portuguese citizens all around the globe. For them, every sacrifice is worth it.
“Another reason for me to appreciate this achievement as much as I do right now, is because Ali Daei has set the standards in such a high level that at some point, even I started thinking that I might never catch him.
“Congratulations to the ‘Shariar’ for holding the record for so long and thanks for always showing so much respect for me every time I scored and as I became closer and closer to his outstanding number.
“Thank you Portugal. Thanks to all my team-mates and opponents for making this journey so unforgettable. Let’s keep meeting inside the pitch in the years to come. I’m not closing the count just yet…”
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