Cristiano Ronaldo made his feelings pretty clear to Fernando Santos when he yelled at the Portuguese coach after the devastating defeat to Serbia in Lisbon.
Portugal will have to qualify for next year’s World Cup in Qatar through the play-offs after Aleksandar Mitrovic headed the Serbs in stoppage time to a dramatic 2-1 win at the Estadio da Luz.
Everything seemed to be going smoothly for the hosts when Renato Sanches scored the goal within two minutes, but Ajax star Dusan Tadic equalized 31 minutes later before the Fulham striker won the crucial moment.
Cristiano Ronaldo (left) appeared angry at Portugal’s coach Fernando Santos (right) after losing to Serbia
The result led Serbia to bring Portugal back to first place in Group A and Ronaldo burst into tears after the final whistle.
But that was not the end of the theatrics of the Portuguese, who made clear his frustration at the failure of automatic qualification.
When players and staff on both sides shook hands after the final whistle, Ronaldo was first approached by Serbian substitute Nemanja Radonjic, who briefly hugged the Manchester United star.
Ronaldo then spots Santos, 67, approaches and starts screaming and gesturing angrily, but the Portuguese coach walks away after a brief handshake with the 36-year-old.
With Aleksandar Mitrovic’s goal, Portugal now has to qualify for next year’s World Cup through the play-offs.
Manchester United star Ronaldo collapsed after the final whistle in Lisbon on Sunday
The former Real Madrid and Juventus star then puts his hands on his hips before heading to the other players and the tunnel, his dejection still visible for all to see.
His frustration was not lessened by not influencing the game against Serbia itself by hitting two of his three shots on goal throughout the game while the other was blocked.
It was a disappointing end to a fruitful World Cup qualifying in front of goal for Ronaldo, who scored six goals in all games, including a hat-trick in their emphatic win against Luxembourg last month.
But his hopes of qualifying for a fifth straight World Cup and increasing his record of seven goals in 17 games in the five tournaments will depend on Portugal’s ability to negotiate a play-off in March next year.
Portugal have played in every single edition of the tournament since they last failed to qualify in 1998 and while Ronaldo had his last tantrum, teammate Bernardo Silva was in a more apologetic mood.
But his theatrics didn’t stop there as he gestured angrily towards Santos
“It was a bad game for Portugal,” said the Manchester City star after the game. “We managed to score the goal early, but from then on we stopped playing. I can’t find a good explanation for it, I lack words.
“It was terrible, we have to do a lot better because we have a play-off in March and we will do our best to qualify. But at home, with 65,000 fans, we had to do a lot better.
“I apologize to the Portuguese (fans) who saw a game they shouldn’t have seen. The plan was to try to have the ball, we were completely dominated by Serbia. Given the quality of our players, this is hardly permissible.
“I played a bit limited, I tried to do my best until the moment came when I thought another player would be in better conditions.”