SEETHING Ghana boss Otto Addo blamed a landmark Cristiano Ronaldo goal on “special gifts from the referee”.
The German-born Ghanaian was unhappy at ref Ismail Elfath.not dishing out bookings to Portugal and for giving Ron a penalty that the legend dispatched for the second-half opener.
Ghana’s Southampton defender Mohammed Salisu.got the merest of touches on the heel of the Manchester United discard.
But Ron’s resulting tumble convinced ref Ismail Elfath to intervene.
And Ronaldo smashed home the spot-kick to spark a thrilling 25-minute finale.
But Addo said: we could have won a point. Our yellows were all well shown, but there were players from Portugal who should have seen it too.
When they scored, everything changed and I think the referee didn’t make the right decision on the penalty kick. “
And of Ronaldo’s historic strike he said: he said: “If someone scores a goal, congratulations. Congratulations… With special gifts from the referees.”
Addon also claimed Ghana were unfortunate to lose against Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes and Co.
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He said: “Clearly disappointing. Possession was Portugal’s, we knew they were good at that, but we were good at defending.
“Of course we have a chance (of qualifying). We want to beat Korea and we want Portugal to beat Uruguay, so we can still think about being second.”