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Ghana coach slams US referee after Ronaldo’s record goal

DOHA, Nov 25 (AP)

Ghana’s coach Otto Addo criticized the American referee for awarding the penalty, which saw Cristiano Ronaldo score a record World Cup goal to give Portugal a 3–2 victory. Edo described the penalty as ‘a special gift’. Ronaldo converted a penalty in the second half of Thursday’s match to become the first male player to score in five World Cups. Edo said, “If someone scores a goal, congratulations. But it was really a gift. A gift indeed.’ He said, ‘What else can I say? This special gift was from the referee. Addo, without any hints, directly criticized American referee Ismail Elfath, which could land him in trouble with FIFA. When asked about the narrow defeat to Ghana, he replied, “The referee.” He felt that Ghana’s defender Mohamed Salisu had not committed a ‘foul’ and also complained that the match officials did not even use VAR to ensure this. Salisu’s thigh appeared to have made a slight contact with Ronaldo’s leg after which the Portugal captain fell to the ground. “I think it was a really bad decision,” Edo said.

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