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Soccer News of Friday, 25 November 2022


World Cup: Former Super Eagles international blames US referee for Ghana's defeat

Ronaldo scored against Ghana from the spot Ronaldo scored against Ghana from the spot

Former Super Eagles forward Julius Aghahowa has added his voice to the penalty decision that resulted in Portugal's first goal against Ghana at the ongoing FIFA World Cup.

United States referee Ismail Elfath awarded Portugal a penalty in the second half following Mohammed Salisu's challenge on Cristiano Ronaldo.

Many Ghanaian and African fans alike believe that the decision should have been revoked by a VAR check, but the centre referee stuck to his initial decision.

Ghana equalized through captain Andre Ayew 5 minutes after Ronaldo gave Portugal the lead, but Portugal went ahead to win the game by 3-2.

As per a report by GOAL, Aghahowa believes the penalty decision was debatable.

He added that the United States referee should have consulted the VAR.

"The penalty is contestable. My problem with that is the ref didn't even go to check.

"The penalty demoralized Ghana. The referee should have gone to the monitor to confirm it was indeed a penalty. He didn't and that affected the Ghanaians."

The Black Stars will have it all to do in their next game against South Korea on Monday, November 28.