Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Ronaldo rides the VAR roller-coaster

Cristiano Ronaldo has scored four goals at Russia 2018 so far Cristiano Ronaldo has scored four goals at Russia 2018 so far
Cassandra Castillo | 26 June, 2018, 11:00

The first half quickly became a defence versus attack training session, with Iran sitting deep while Portugal piled on the pressure, without being able to create any concrete chances.

Ronaldo has scored all of Portugal's four goals in the tournament so far, a superb hat-trick in the 3-3 draw with Spain, and A Selecao's 1-0 victor against Morocco, which saw him become the European all-time record scorer.

An angry Carlos Queiroz lashed out at Federation Internationale de Football Association and the VAR system after his Iran team's 1-1 draw with Portugal and elimination from the World Cup, suggesting the referee could have received instructions not to send off Cristiano Ronaldo during a VAR review for an elbow late in the game. VAR was the centre of attention tonight and - for the most part - the right decisions were made.

Iran - Haji 7, Safi 6, Ezatolahi 7, Pouraliganji 6, Omid 5, Amiri 7, Mehdi 5, Jahanbakhsh 6, Hosseini 5, Azmoun 6, Ramin 5.

As pointed out above it's not fazed him before though, as when PSG fans tried to disturb he and his Real Madrid colleagues, Ronaldo scored a header in a 2-1 Champions League last 16 second leg win in the French capital.

One can only hope their proud showing at the 2018 World Cup will help in having that post-tournament influx in passion for the sport. Incredible! That is a classic World Cup goal.

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"The reality is you stop the game to VAR". There was contact but the referee waved away the claim.

Play was stopped for the referee to check the VAR, which had already been used for a penalty decision earned by Ronaldo earlier in the game.

Ronaldo steps up to the 12-yard mark, but his effort from the penalty spot is saved by Beiranvand.

Against Portugal, Ramin Rezaeian will likely be up against Bruno Fernandes, but the right-back is expected to shift into a central role in order to help the centre-halves stop the risky Cristiano Ronaldo, with the wingers dropping in deeper roles. Well, this is very confusing. There wasn't even a consideration of a penalty at the time, but now the referee, after a solid two minutes, has been told to have a look at this. Twenty penalty kicks have now been awarded at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation, with 15 of them being converted.

A controversial no-call inside the box was reviewed, and Ronaldo was awarded a penalty kick after it was determined that he was tripped up by an Iran defender.

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