Chile beat Portugal 3-0 in a penalty shoot-out in Wednesday’s Confederations Cup semi-finals, after the match finished goalless after extra-time, to book their place in Sunday’s final in Saint Petersburg.
Cristiano Ronaldo was criticised on social media for not taking one of the first penalties with the skipper eventually denied an opportunity thanks to Claudio Bravo’s brilliance.
The Manchester City goalkeeper was Chile’s hero saving all three penalties from Portugal’s Ricardo Quaresma, Joao Moutinho and Nani, while Arturo Vidal, Charles Aranguiz and Alexis Sanchez nailed their spot-kicks for the South Americans.
Chile will now face either Germany or Mexico in Sunday’s final.
The general consensus is that Ronaldo should be taking the first penalty instead of seeking the decisive kick seeing as he is the team’s first choice from 12 yards out.
Ronaldo: "You can't miss a crucial penalty, if you don't take one." pic.twitter.com/2zLtsk0YJk— Troll Football (@TrollFootball) June 28, 2017
When Ronaldo gets told he's taking the first penalty pic.twitter.com/edXdNfqynW— King Kenny Stand (@KingKennyStand) June 28, 2017
Last year Ronaldo took the first penalty and he motivated Moutinho!! A leader pic.twitter.com/0KCTbUcXeR— Portugal the scammer (@AfricanKhaIeesi) June 28, 2017
Ronaldo waiting for the fifth penalty like.. pic.twitter.com/xPRHp4dfab— Leo Messi (@messi10stats) June 28, 2017
Ronaldo wanted to shine by kicking the last penalty kick, act like he won the match for his team, but Claudio Bravo had other Plans #PORvCHI— Thakhani_R © (@Ralufhe_TP) June 28, 2017
I don't care if Ronaldo "usually" takes the fifth penalty. He's the captain (and the usual penalty taker) for Portugal. You go first.— Jonas Giæver (@CheGiaevara) June 28, 2017
Ronaldo wanted to take the last penalty to be the hero 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/9cPAo1yVfq— Leo Messi (@messi10stats) June 28, 2017
So Ronaldo's "I'll be the hero" penalty shoot out tactic backfires. #ConfedCup— John Bennett (@JohnBennettBBC) June 28, 2017
Cristiano Ronaldo hiding away when his team needs him the most, should've taken the first penalty, what a coward. Awful leader.— TMW² OD7 (@TheMessiWay10) June 28, 2017
Hahahah ROnaldo scared of the first penalty.— Leo Messi (@messi10stats) June 28, 2017
Congratulations Bravo and Alexis