Oct 11, 2013 at 8.45pm UK
Portugal
1-1
IsraelIsrael
Costa (27')
Pepe (85'), Ronaldo (90')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Basat (85')
Refaelov (84'), Ben Haim (89')

Cristiano Ronaldo tight-lipped on deliberate booking claim

Ronaldo tight-lipped on deliberate booking claim
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Cristiano Ronaldo refused to comment on claims he got booked on purpose to ensure his availability for next month's World Cup qualification playoffs.

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo refused to comment on suggestions he deliberately got booked against Israel to ensure his availability for the World Cup qualification playoffs next month.

The Real Madrid forward was cautioned late on in the 1-1 draw for protesting to the referee, which means he will be suspended for the final group match against Luxembourg on Tuesday.

With Portugal almost certain to finish runner-up to Russia the suspension means Ronaldo will definitely be available for the playoff match, but the attacker refused to discuss the yellow card.

"I can't talk about that [booking]," Ronaldo told reporters. "FIFA is always very attentive to those situations."

"The playoff is the most important and I don't want to be out. I will be at those two matches."

Portugal are second in Group F, three points behind Russia but with a much worse goal difference than the leaders, who travel to Azerbaijan on Tuesday.

Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal celebrates scoring during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifying Group F match between Northern Ireland and Portugal at Windsor Park on September 6, 2013
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