May 21, 2024

 

Martin Dubravka makes feelings on Cristiano Ronaldo clear after ugly studs-up tackle

Cristiano Ronaldo was handed a suspension after a crunching challenge on former Manchester United teammate Martin Dubravka whilst on international duty and the goalkeeper has now spoken out.

Martin Dubravka has refused to lay blame at Cristiano Ronaldo’s feet – quite literally – following the pair’s horror collision.

The two former Manchester United teammates were involved in a bruising incident whilst on international duty as Portugal faced off with Slovakia. Following a miskick from the current Al-Nassr star, Dubravka rushed out to claim the loose ball.

He got there first, only to then see Ronaldo slam into him with a studs-up sliding challenge. Dubravka was left writhing in pain and had to receive treatment, whilst the Portuguese forward received a booking and was then given a reprieve by VAR amid calls for a dismissal.

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Now, Dubravka – who was able to play the full 90 minutes – has offered his view on the incident and has revealed what was going through his mind at the time. Speaking to reporters, the goalkeeper said: “[He hit me] In the shoulder, the neck and the chest.

“I just closed my eyes and prayed that he [Ronaldo] wouldn’t hit me in the face as well. When I saw his studs coming at me, I didn’t even look.”

However, Dubravka has refused to blame Ronaldo for the heavy collision and insists that it was just part and parcel of the game. He added: “These are situations when the goalkeeper closes his eyes and tries only to block the shot, and he, as a striker, has to go after such a ball. I don’t blame him. It’s sport, it’s football. Situations like this belong to it.

 

 

 

 

 

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