Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in Portugal’s 4-1 win against Latvia on Sunday.
For most players, netting a brace is something to be pleased by. Especially as it helped to win three points that improves Portugal’s push to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Yet there was one moment that Ronaldo will still be thinking about today.
The Real Madrid star missed a penalty in the 59th minute that, had it gone in, would have given him plenty of time to seal his hat-trick.
But Ronaldo’s effort from 12 yards crashed off the post and cannoned away off the Latvia goalkeeper’s leg.
Now, we all know how much the 31-year-old loves to score. So passing up an easy chance to find the back of the net sparked a furious reaction from the three-time Ballon d’Or winner.
He didn’t move as the ball was cleared. Instead, he stood with his hands on his hips and shouted the word, “Fodase”, according to Sport, which translates to “F***” in English.
Check out Ronaldo’s miss, and his reaction, below.
Santos: We made things difficult
Portugal required two late goals to put Latvia, ranked 116th in the FIFA rankings, away.
The European champions remain in a good position to reach Russia - they are second in Group B and have won three in a row - but Fernando Santos acknowledges that his team can improve.
"We complicated things in the first half because we lacked intensity," the Portugal manager told A Bola, per ESPN FC. "In terms of possession of the ball, we were good, but we lacked acceleration in our play.
"At the break, I spoke with the players and we started better, we created chances, played a little faster, but then we conceded a goal. However, the team reacted really well and got a goal themselves.
“[Ricardo] Quaresma's entrance worked really well, because when we think that these games are easy, we make them difficult for ourselves.”
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