Anyone else still getting over Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick against Spain?
The 33-year-old showed just why he has five Ballon d’Ors to his name with a blistering performance in Portugal’s opening match of the 2018 World Cup.
His first two goals weren’t anything to shout home about - a penalty and an error from David de Gea - but his third strike will be replayed again and again and again.
The Real Madrid star sent a wonderful free-kick up and over Spain’s wall and soaring past De Gea.
It prompted a quite brilliant tweet from Ronaldo’s former teammate at Manchester United, Rio Ferdinand.
“I can’t breathe.... it’s illegal what @Cristiano is doing at the #WorldCupRussia,” Ferdinand wrote.
The fans inside the stadium who filmed Ronaldo’s free-kick have some great footage to remind themselves of the special occasion.
Clip of Fonte goes viral
And one such clip has gone viral on social media.
A video of Ronaldo’s celebrations shows every outfield player celebrating with Ronaldo off the pitch - except for Jose Fonte.
The centre-back stays back after being instructed to by a teammate.
A tweet by user @BantsFootballFC claims Fonte stayed on the pitch “as FIFA states if all ‘outfield players’ are off the pitch during celebrations, opposing team can kickoff the game.”
However, this isn’t the case.
Per the Independent, Law 8 of FIFA’s Laws of the Game state that a restart can only be taken once all of the following parameters are met:
• after a team scores a goal, the kick-off is taken by the other team.
• all players must be in their own half of the field of play
• the opponents of the team taking the kick-off are at least 9.15 m (10 yds) from the ball until it is in play
• the ball must be stationary on the centre mark
• the referee gives a signal
• the ball is in play when it is kicked and moves forward
• the kicker must not touch the ball again until it has touched another player
It's the second parameter that is the most important in this case.
So it didn’t matter whether Fonte crossed the line or not. The referee can only restart the match when all 11 players, or fewer if players have been sent off, are inside their own half of the pitch.
Fonte did appear to believe that he needed to remain on the pitch, and he was instructed to by his own teammate.
But he could have joined in with Ronaldo’s celebrations without the threat of Spain restarting play.
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