Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal have been demoted by French TV after W9 made the decision to replace the World Cup play-off with the classic movie ‘Ghost’ following Italy’s elimination.
Portugal are hoping to participate in the sixth consecutive World Cup in Qatar later this year, but have endured a lengthy qualification process due to disappointing performances in the group stage.
Serbia booked their place in the tournament as Group A champions ahead of coach Fernando Santos’ side, who then entered the play-offs and, after a nervous semi-final win over Turkey, are now poised to win. . Clash against Macedonia.
Portugal rejected by French TV
Portugal was originally scheduled to face Italy in the qualifying final, but the European champions suffered a surprising semi-final loss to North Macedonia.
W9 was scheduled to show the final at the Dragao Stadium live on TV, and Ronaldo was to be the poster player alongside Paris Saint-Germain superstars Marco Verratti and Gianluigi Donnarumma.
But in light of Italy’s anger at North Macedonia, the French channel transferred the Portugal team to the live broadcast service, stressing that the move came due to “sports news” in an official statement.
Portugal vs. Macedonia will be available on the M6 6play platform, and W9 is now gearing up to air the 1990 movie “Ghost,” starring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore, in prime time.
Ronaldo: Portugal is ready for the ‘game of our lives’
Portugal captain Ronaldo spoke of the importance of the confrontation with North Macedonia in an effort to avoid another big upset.
“This match for us is a matter of life and death,” the Manchester United striker told reporters ahead of Tuesday’s game. “There is a responsibility to win this match. For us, it also matches our lives.
“They were surprised [opponents] In many matches but I don’t think it will surprise us.”
Ronaldo added: “There is no World Cup without Portugal. There are no people here.”