Cristiano Ronaldo’s disallowed goal against Serbia sadly wasn’t the first time the superstar had been denied a spectacular goal for Portugal. Ronaldo’s incredible goal for Portugal in the dying minutes of a 2-2 draw against Serbia on Saturday night was disallowed by a Dutch referee.
The 36-year-old thought he had won the World Cup qualifier for his country during injury-time when he latched onto a cross inside the box and poked the ball past Serbia goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic towards the empty goal.
However, as the ball appeared to cross the goal-line, it was cleared and the referee, Danny Makkelie, waved for play to continue – much to everyone and Ronaldo’s utter disbelief.
Sadly, though, this isn’t the first time a lack of goal-line technology has cost the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
Back in October 2006 during a European qualifier against Azerbaijan, Ronaldo’s incredible goal for Portugal, a bicycle-kick but it was not given. The goal was a marvelous effort, one that any top goalscorer would be proud to claim, and one that shouldn’t have been ruled out.
Replays clearly showed the ball had crossed the line before it bounced off the top bar and into the Azerbaijan keeper’s hands.
Following the drama of the weekend, Cristiano Ronaldo will hope for better luck in Portugal’s next World Cup qualifier against Luxembourg on Tuesday night before he reports back to Juventus.