BBC mock Cristiano Ronaldo after penalty miss vs Slovenia

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BBC mock Cristiano Ronaldo after penalty miss vs Slovenia
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Cristiano Ronaldo saw a penalty saved in extra-time of Portugal's clash with Slovenia on Monday, with the BBC mocking the superstar's miss.

Portugal were taken to extra-time in the Euro 2024 round of 16 by a determined Slovenia side who held the Euro 2016 winners to 0-0 after 90 minutes.

On the stroke of half-time of extra-time though, Roberto Martínez's side were awarded a penalty.

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Ronaldo stepped up and looked set to break the deadlock and send Portugal through to the quarter-finals of Euro 2024.

However, the 39-year-old had his spot-kick thwarted by Slovenia goalkeeper Jan Oblak, who produced a world-class save to tip Ronaldo's penalty onto the post and out of play.

The whistle was then immediately blown for a quick break but Ronaldo couldn't hold back the tears and broke down in front of his teammates.

And it seemed like someone at the BBC had little sympathy for the former Manchester United and Real Madrid ace.

As Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer, Micah Richards and José Fonte analysed Oblak's save, a graphic popped up in the bottom left of the screen which read "Misstiano Penaldo".

BBC mock Cristiano Ronaldo after penalty miss vs Slovenia
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Ronaldo ended up having the last laugh though as the game went to penalties.

In the penalty shootout, the Al-Nassr forward scored Portugal's first penalty, whilst Diogo Costa saved all three of Slovenia's efforts.

And the BBC have now finally responded to the criticisms as they released a statement.

The caption was simply intended as a play on words, which we have done many times before on Match Of The Day analysis graphics.

There was no offence intended toward Cristiano Ronaldo. In fact, throughout the programme we spoke favourably about Ronaldo on a number of occasions, including:

1. In the pre-match build-up when Jose Fonte highlighted Ronaldo’s dedication to training, saying it’s why ‘he’s one of the best ever.

2. At half-time Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer did a long analysis run on Ronaldo’s movement, praising it as “absolutely fantastic.

3. After the penalty shoot-out, Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer both referenced Ronaldo’s courage and self-belief to step forward and take a penalty.

At no point were the pundits overly critical of Ronaldo and in the context of the programme overall, the tone was consistently respectful towards him.

However, we appreciate some viewers were unhappy with the graphic and the feedback has been passed on to the production team to help inform their work going forward.

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