Ronaldo ‘insulted’ by South Korea player

AL RAYYAN, Qatar – Cristiano Ronaldo was “insulted” by South Korean player Cho Gue-sung as he left the pitch, according to Fernando Santos, as the Portugal coach sought to defend to the competitor’s angry reaction to the closing.

Ronaldo was seen having a verbal conversation with Cho as he walked over to the seats and put his finger on his mouth.

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The 37-year-old was unhappy with the decision to send him off in the 65th minute but after a 2-1 win sent South Korea through to the last 16, Santos insisted his talks with Cho made the first Manchester United. forward “fury”.

“The player from Korea insulted him to tell him to go, so the reason for his anger, everyone knows,” said Santos.

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“I saw the contact with the Korean player and I have no doubt about it and if you see the pictures you will see that Pepe went to the Korean player.

“He didn’t argue, he was just swearing, he was speaking in English to Cristiano, and Cristiano said, ‘Maybe he’s having a bad day.'”

Ronaldo told Portuguese media that Cho was trying to rush him off the pitch.

“What happened before I changed, the South Korean player told me to leave immediately. I told him to stop even though he had no power. There was no agreement. [with the coach]”Ronaldo is mentioned.

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South Korean midfielder Hwang In-Beom had little to say about the incident.

“I don’t know, I’m so tired,” he said. “I’m looking at the world, so I don’t know and I don’t have anything to say.”

Portugal finished top of Group H with a 91st-minute winner to Hwang Hee-chan which saw South Korea pip Uruguay for a place in the knockout rounds.

Santos’ side are set to face the second group in Group H – either Switzerland, Serbia or Cameroon – but he insisted the win over South Korea would be a “warning” to his team. .

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“We are angry,” Santos said.

“We are first in the group, but we want to win and have a better game to increase the morale of the players.

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Meanwhile, South Korea are set to face Brazil after finishing second for the first time since 2010.

They were on their way until Hwang’s big win saw them score more goals than Uruguay, who exited the World Cup with a 2-0 win over Ghana.

“Before the match Son Heung-min told me that I have to do something today,” Hwang said.

“He said, ‘We trust you.’ When I came in as a replacement, many teammates said they trusted me.

“It is difficult to wait for another result but we showed that we can do it in the knockout phase and we keep that confidence. This is something we wanted and we expected.


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