The video of Alexander Mitrovic’s audacious victory lap at Estadio de Luz is viciously rubbing salt into the gaping wounds of Portugal fans, who were robbed of their qualification at the very last moment by the Serb.
The 90th minute of the clash proved fatal for the hosts, as a sublime aerial assist from Dusan Tadic was headed home by an unmarked Mitrovic, triggering uproarious celebrations from his teammates and visiting fans at Lisbon. The match culminated in a 2-1 victory for Serbia, who claimed an automatic qualification to Qatar 2022.
In the aftermath of this sensational victory, the Serbian striker is seen stepping out of the tunnel and frolicking around the empty stadium enveloped in the Serbian flag, while sipping Coca-Cola in triumph.
Fans speculate that running around on Ronaldo’s turf with Coca-Cola in hand was more than just a benign gesture but a savage dig at CR7, who has been very conspicuous in his criticism of the popular beverage.
Scores the winner against Portugal.— FootballJOE (@FootballJOE) November 15, 2021
Celebrates with a can of Coke.
Aleksandar Mitrovic truly is Cristiano Ronaldo’s nemesis pic.twitter.com/ruc0KiH0AO
The 5-time Ballon d’Or winner, who had a rare off-day against the visitors was understandably crestfallen at his side’s slip up. It remains to be seen how the fabled 36-year-old will respond to this provocation, now that Fernando Santos’ men go into the March playoffs to fight for qualification to what one can safely assume would be Ronaldo’s last world cup of his playing career.