Cristiano Ronaldo tells ‘lucky’ Courtois ‘the ball didn’t want to go in’ after Portugal’s Euro 2020 exit to Belgium

CRISTIANO RONALDO told ‘lucky’ Thibaut Courtois that ‘the ball didn’t want to go in’ at the end of Portugal’s 1-0 defeat to Belgium in Seville last night.

Fernando Santos’ side saw their title defence come to a shuddering halt, at the hands of Roberto Martinez’s Red Devils at the Round of 16 stage.

Ronaldo embraced Thibaut Courtois at the final whistle

Belgium were forced to survive a second half onslaught in order to progress.

Courtois had to be alert to parry over a bullet Ruben Dias header.

While Raphael Guerreiro struck the post.

Substitute Joao Felix had the final chance deep into stoppage time, but scuffed his shot wide.

Ultimately Thorgan Hazard’s swerving first-half effort proved to be enough for the Belgians, leaving Ronaldo visibly disconsolate at the final whistle.

When approaching Courtois, who had skinned him with a great piece of skill during the match, to shake hands after the game – CR7 fumed that the ‘ball just wouldn’t go in’.

He told the lanky ex-Chelsea keeper: “Lucky, eh?

“The ball just didn’t want to go in today.”

Ronaldo was left gutted at the end of the match


Ronaldo then added: “Good luck, man.”

Belgium will now face Italy in a mouthwatering quarter-final on Friday night, at Munich’s Allianz Arena.

Ronaldo, meanwhile, will be left to ponder his future at club level, having been linked with a move away from Juventus this summer.

He also faces a wait in his bid to become the highest international goalscorer of all time, having equalled Iranian Ali Daei’s record of 109 strikes against France.

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By: Etienne Fermie
Title: Cristiano Ronaldo tells ‘lucky’ Courtois ‘the ball didn’t want to go in’ after Portugal’s Euro 2020 exit to Belgium
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Published Date: Mon, 28 Jun 2021 07:55:30 +0000

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