Ghana head coach blasts Cristiano Ronaldo penalty decision after Portugal defeat | Football

Cristiano Ronaldo was brought down by Mohammed Salisu in Portugal’s win over Ghana (Getty)

Ghana head coach Otto Addo has slammed the Cristiano Ronaldo penalty decision after his side’s 3-2 defeat to Portugal in their World Cup opener on Thursday.

Ronaldo was brought down by Mohammed Salisu in the second half and stepped up to score the penalty which secured his place in World Cup history as he became the first male player to score in five different tournaments.

Ghana gave Portugal a late scare with Osman Bukari’s goal in the 89th minute, but they were unable to find the equaliser in injury time.

Speaking after the game, Addo hit out at American referee Ismail Elfath over his decision to award Portugal the penalty.

‘The referee gave a penalty which was not a penalty – everyone saw that. Why? Because it’s Ronaldo or something?’ Addo said to beIN Sport.

When asked in his post-match press conference if he believes the foul was given because it was Ronaldo, Addo replied: ‘I think you have to ask the referee. I have no proof of that. We were playing the ball and then there was contact.

DOHA, QATAR - NOVEMBER 24: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal celebrates scoring the goal with during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group H match between Portugal and Ghana at Stadium 974 on November 24, 2022 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Pawel Andrachiewicz/PressFocus/MB Media/Getty Images)

Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first male player to score at five World Cups (MB Media/Getty)

‘I don’t know whether they were not paying, or whether the VAR was not paying attention.

‘If you look at the replay, we played the ball, it was actually a foul against us.

‘If somebody scores a goal, congratulations. But this was really a gift.

‘Up to the penalty, everything was possible. Then the game got a little bit wild.’

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