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Otto Addo blames ‘gift’ Ronaldo penalty for Portugal defeat

Otto Addo leaves Black Stars head coach role after World Cup exit
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Otto Addo blames ‘gift’ Ronaldo penalty for Portugal defeat.

Up until Mohammed Salisu’s challenge on Ronaldo earned Portugal a penalty and forcing the aging legend to score from the spot in the 65th minute, Portugal had been holding Ghana comfortably.

Joao Felix and emerging star Rafael Leao scored additional goals as Ghana went on to lose 3-2, but when asked who most contributed to his team’s failure, Addo responded, “The referee.”

“Particularly after seeing the penalty situation, we are quite upset. Up until that time, our match was pretty strong “Addo stated.

 Otto Addo, the former Borussia Dortmund who now works as a Ghana coach, blamed Cristiano Ronaldo’s soft penalty, which was converted in the 65th minute. You don’t give that type of penalty in a Word cup match, he told RTP after the game.

He says that the Portugal team were not good enough on the day

It’s not just one person (Cristiano Ronaldo), he said. The whole team was not good enough on the day. I have no doubt that if any other player had taken the penalty, they would have scored.

The Ghanaian coach also bemoans his side’s lack of finishing

We played well, but we missed a lot of chances. Our finishing was not good enough. We had some good counter-attacks and we should have finished them off.  We created so many chances, but we didn’t take our chances. 

Addo believes that Ghana can still progress from the group stage

Ghana midfielder Otto Addo and now coach of the Black stars believes his side can still progress from the group stage despite their 3-2 defeat to Portugal in the early stage.
I think we still have a chance to qualify, the 30-year-old told reporters. We need to do well in our last two games and hope that other results go our way.

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