Cristiano Ronaldo calls for a referee change after teammate Talisca’s goal in Al-Nassr’s King Cup of Champions win over Al-Ettifaq was disallowed… and the Brazilian was sent off moments later

  • Al-Nassr beat Al-Ettifaq 1-0 in a bad-tempered cup game in Saudi Arabia
  • Cristiano Ronaldo was upset with the referee’s performance in the game
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During Al-Nassr’s 1-0 win over Al-Ettifaq in the quarterfinals of the King Cup of Champions, Cristiano Ronaldo angrily demanded that the referee be replaced.

Ronaldo was upset with the referee’s performance in the final stages of the first half of the game.

His teammate Talisca appeared to have given Al-Nassr the lead in stoppage time at the end of the first half.

The Brazilian converted a cross at the back post and his shot was initially ruled out by Chilean referee Piero Maza.

His attempt was canceled after a VAR review as Ronaldo was ruled offside and interfering with play.

Cristiano Ronaldo pointed to the referee's substitution during the game

Cristiano Ronaldo pointed to the referee’s substitution during the game

Roanldo was upset by the decision to rule out a goal from Al-Nassr in the first half

Roanldo was upset by the decision to rule out a goal from Al-Nassr in the first half

Ronaldo signaled to the bench for a change before pointing to the referee.

A few moments later, Maza had to make another decision related to Talisca when the referee dismissed the Al-Nassr player after he caught an opponent with his left arm.

A further VAR review resulted in the yellow card being upgraded to a red card and Talisca being adjudged for an arm strike.

Ronaldo had already been cautioned for disagreements with the referee in the first half after the 38-year-old saw a free kick rejected.

The Portuguese star avoided a second yellow card due to his angry outburst at the referee later in the half.

Al-Ettifaq, managed by Steven Gerrard, were also reduced to 10 men in the game, with midfielder Ali Hazazi sent off for a foul, leading to a brawl between the two teams.

Sadio Mane scored the decisive goal in the ill-tempered cup tie as the former Liverpool star scored in the second half of extra time.

The result takes Al-Nassr into the last eight of the cup competition, which includes teams from Saudi Arabia’s top two divisions.

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