John Terry slams BBC for 'disgraceful' Cristiano Ronaldo comment after Portugal penalty miss

John Terry
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John Terry has slammed the BBC's coverage of Cristiano Ronaldo's penalty miss against Slovenia, branding it a 'disgrace'. The 39-year-old striker had his spot-kick saved by Jan Oblak during extra-time in the Euro 2024 round of 16 clash.

The moment brought the seasoned player to tears, though he quickly regained his composure and went on to score in a victorious shootout. The BBC captioned their analysis of Oblak's save as 'Misstiano Penaldo' – a move that didn't sit well with Terry.

The former Chelsea captain knows the pressure of missing a penalty in a high-profile match, having done so in the 2008 Champions League final. He expressed his disapproval on his Instagram story, writing: "BBC this is a disgrace."

Speaking to reporters after the game, Ronaldo said: "I could have given the national team the advantage, but I didn't manage it, Oblak saved. I didn't miss once during the year, when I needed it most Oblak saved.

"It's a feeling of sadness and joy at the same time, but the most important thing is the progress, the team deserved it. Slovenia spent almost the entire time defending, the team deserves congratulations, especially our goalkeeper who made three good saves [in the shootout]."

Ronaldo added: "Even the strongest people have their days, I was down and I was sad because the team needed me... I can't do it, I'll talk later, I'll talk later."

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Diogo Costa emerged as Portugal's saviour. While Oblak managed to save a penalty during extra-time, it was the Porto shot-stopper who turned hero in the shootout, denying Josip Ilicic, Jure Balkovec and Benjamin Verbic with three crucial saves.

"This is probably the best game of my life," said Costa, as quoted by the BBC. "I am focused on doing what I had to do. I went with my gut feeling.

"Of course, we had analysed the penalty takers, but players change and they change how they shoot. I am very happy and very excited to have helped the team."

The stage is now set for Portugal to take on France in the quarter-finals, setting up a tantalising rematch of the 2016 final. This presents a chance for Cristiano Ronaldo to rectify past woes, having been forced off injured in that match, only to see his side triumph through Eder's extra-time winner.

Earlier on Monday, France, who trailed Austria in their group, were pushed to the limit by Belgium. It took a fortuitous moment late in the game when Randal Kolo Muani's mishit found its way into the net via a deflection off Jan Vertonghen, securing a narrow win for Les Bleus.