Cristiano Ronaldo was “insulted” by South Korean player Cho Gue-sung as he left the pitch, according to Fernando Santos reported by Mr.
Ronaldo appeared to have a verbal exchange with Cho, then walked over to the bench and put his finger to his mouth.
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The 37-year-old was frustrated by his 65th-minute sending-off, but after a 2-1 defeat saw South Korea advance to the last 16, Santos said that former Manchester United builder Cho and claimed to be an exchange. “Get angry”.
“A Korean player was insulting him by telling him to go away. That’s why he was angry. Everyone was watching,” Santos said.
“I saw the interaction with the Korean player and I have no doubts about it. If you look at the images, you can see Pepe going to the Korean player.
“He wasn’t aggressive. He was just verbal. He was speaking to Cristiano in English. Cristiano said, ‘Maybe he had a bad day.'”
Cristiano Ronaldo told Portuguese reporters that Cho was trying to force him off the pitch.
“What happened was, before my substitution, a Korean player told me to get off early. I told him to shut up because he didn’t have that authority. There was no disagreement. . [with the coach]’” Ronaldo was quoted as saying.
South Korean midfielder Hwang In-beom had little to say about the incident.
“I didn’t see it. I was too tired,” he said. “I was looking at the ground, so I didn’t see it and I have nothing to say.”
Portugal finished top of Group H despite giving Hwang Hee-chan a 91st-minute winner that saw South Korea beat Uruguay to clinch a place in the knockout round.
Santos’ team is set to face Group H’s second-placed team (probably Switzerland, Serbia and Cameroon), but Santos insists the loss to South Korea should serve as a ‘warning’ to his side. did.
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“We are somewhat shaken,” added Santos.
“We are leading the group, but we would have liked to have played a better game to win the game to boost the morale of our players, but this result is a warning to our team.”
Meanwhile, South Korea will advance to the second round for the first time since 2010 and face Brazil.
They headed for a dramatic winner for the fans, scoring a goal ahead of World Cup-ending Uruguay to qualify, despite beating Ghana 2-0.
“Son Heung-min said before the game that he was going to make something today,” Huang said.
“He said, ‘We trust you.’ When I was a substitute, my teammates told me they trusted me, and when my grandson had the ball, he always passed it. I believed in it and it was very easy.
“It was difficult to wait for other results, but we proved we can move on to the knockout stage and maintained that confidence.