The Portuguese sports press this Sunday dedicates its covers to criticizing the absence of VAR in it Serbia-Portugal, qualifying match towards Qatar 2022 which ended in a draw (2-2) and with strong controversy after the referee canceled in added time a goal from Cristiano Ronaldo apparently legal.
The outrage shown last night by the captain of the Portuguese team, who received a yellow for protesting, threw the bracelet of his team to the ground and went to the locker room as soon as the end was called without addressing anyone, is shared by the newspapers of his country.
“Without VARgüenza”, headlines A Bola, who has no doubts and affirms that the absence of VAR in Belgrade “prevented the victory of the Portuguese team” and illustrates what happened in a small box: with Serbian defender Stefan Mitrovic taking the thrown ball by the Juventus striker when he had already clearly crossed the goal line.
Image also rescued by O Jogo, who nostalgically titled “VAR sweet VAR”, and also highlights the post-match reactions of the coach, Fernando Santos, who maintained that “it was necessary to maintain rigor and concentration.
The protagonist of the disagreement, Cristiano, who justified his outbreak, also spoke via social networks.
“I give and I will always give everything for my country, that will never change. But there are difficult times to deal with, especially when we feel that an entire nation is being harmed,” he wrote on his Instagram account.