Cristiano Ronaldo controversy: Portugal star in red card row during Iran World Cup clash | Football | Sport


Cristiano Ronaldo was in action for Portugal against Iran, with his side winning 1-0 courtesy of Ricardo Quaresma’s stunning strike.

The Real Madrid star went into the match having struck four goals from two outings – but endured a frustrating night.

Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty in the second half, with his shot saved by Iran shot-stopper Alireza Beiranvand.

However, he nearly saw red after clashing with Iran star Morteza Pouraliganji off the ball towards the end of the game. 

Ronaldo appeared to swing towards his opponent with the Portugal star then looking sheepish as the decision went to the VAR officials.

But he was fortunate to avoid a red, with the referee instead merely booking him.

Ronaldo was defended by BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson, who believed the incident was merely a coming together.

And it seems as if the officials though similarly, with the Real Madrid star then staying on the pitch.

“There is so much going on after the ball has gone,” he told the BBC.

“It was a brush of the face. Something of nothing I am afraid.

“I don’t think he has caught him in the face.”

Iran players were visibly angry with the decision.

But Ronaldo has stayed on the pitch with Portgual on course to join Spain in the knockout stages. 

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