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Furious Ghana boss sarcastically congratulates Cristiano Ronaldo on goal ‘with special gifts from referee’

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DIFFICULT Ghana coach Otto Addo blamed a landmark Cristiano Ronaldo goal on “the referee’s special talents”.

Addo responded sarcastically after Ronaldo became the only player to ever score in five World Cups as Portugal clinched a dramatic 3-2 victory.

The German-born Ghanaian was unhappy after referee Ismail Elfath failed to sign a Portuguese player and Ron missed a penalty that the legend sent for a second-half opener.

Ghana’s Southampton defender Mohammed Salisu got the slightest touch on the heel of the Manchester United discard.

But Ron’s resulting fall convinced referee Ismail Elfath to intervene.

The ex-Real Madrid and Juventus striker, 37, fired home a penalty to set off a thrilling late 25-minute period that Portugal narrowly overcame.

Addo said: “We could have won a point. Our yellows were all good to see 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 penalties.”

Commenting on Ronaldo’s historic goal, he said: “If someone scores a goal, congratulations. Congratulations… With special gifts from the referees.”

Addo also claimed that Ghana unfortunately lost that nervous clash against Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes and co.

He said: “Definitely disappointing. Portugal had possession, we knew they were good at it but we were good in defence.”

“Obviously we (still) have a chance (to qualify). We want to beat Korea and we want Portugal to beat Uruguay so we can still think about finishing second.”

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