Spain defender Gerard Pique has implicitly accused Cristiano Ronaldo of flopping to win the free kick that has the entire sports world buzzing.
But Pique has qualms with the foul that led to it. “I barely touched him,” Pique told reporters after the match. “Cristiano is very prone to throwing himself [to the ground].” Pique then reiterated that there was “minimal contact.”
So, does he have a point?
Arrêtez @RudiGarcia comment vous pouvez voir une faute sur Cristiano c’est pas possible de l’hypocrisie ou un souci de vue, il est pas touché et tombe même avant d’être sur Piqué! Déjà qu’il tape clairement la jambe sur le péno, ça fait bcp mais c Ronaldo… #PORESP pic.twitter.com/kbDJMRaYGt
— Pierre Arnaud (@PierreArnaud25) June 15, 2018
It’s very tough to tell from that angle, and for now, we don’t have any others. As Pique said, the contact appears to be minimal. Ronaldo’s fall looks to be more so in anticipation of contact than in reaction to contact.
But, like with the penalty Ronaldo won early in the match, there’s a chance that a different angle would show a collision between the two players’ knees, upper legs or hips. Pique also appeared to have his hands on Ronaldo.
Like so many other decisions, including the no-call in the buildup to Diego Costa’s first goal, this one could go either way. Spain can’t really have any complaints. And, fortunately, this complaint doesn’t seem to have overshadowed Ronaldo’s brilliance on the night.
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