Saturday 17 March 2018

RTÉ and Sky Sports pundits not impressed by Real Madrid goal celebrations

Javier Hernandez celebrates after scoring the winning goal
Javier Hernandez celebrates after scoring the winning goal
Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

Javier Hernandez was the Real Madrid hero last night with his late goal securing victory over neighbours Atletico, but the TV pundits were unimpressed with the celebrations.

With three minutes left to play at the Bernabeu, the tie looked to be heading to extra-time with Atletico's resolute defensive game plan keeping the home side at bay.

There was however a late twist when Cristiano Ronaldo teed up on-loan striker Hernandez to send the 10-time European champions through to the last four.

On Sky Sports, Thierry Henry heavily criticised the Mexican striker for celebrating "like he won the World Cup, while over in Montrose RTÉ pundit Richie Sadlier drew attention to the fact that Ronaldo went off celebrating "like he had scored the goal".

"I don't know about his future there," Henry said of the diminutive striker. "To be fair to him he doesn't usually play.

 “He had a couple of chances in the game before that but I can tell you he can thank Ronaldo tonight.

"I know he went on to celebrate alone and everything but he can thank Ronaldo. For me, he has to.

“That is, for me, Ronaldo's goal. What I don't like after [the goal] is it seems like he won the World Cup [with his celebration]. Turn around and celebrate with Ronaldo."

In the RTÉ studios, presenter Darragh Maloney questioned whether Ronaldo's decision not to celebrate with Hernandez was further illustration that there is unrest in the dressing room.

"There's always unrest in that dressing room," Eamon Dunphy responded.

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