Diogo Jota’s ‘pregnant celebration’ attempt foiled by offside call

Diogo Jota’s ‘pregnant celebration’ attempt foiled by offside call

Diogo Jota appeared to score during Portugal’s dramatic 2-1 victory against Czechia on Tuesday night but after tapping the ball into the back of the net, he was seen rowing with Jindrich Stanek.

After a quiet first half, Lukas Provod broke the deadlock for Czechia in the 62nd minute, but Roberto Martinez’s side were given a lifeline after Robin Hranac’s own goal saw them pull level at 1-1.

Jota, 27, who came on as a substitute in the 63rd minute for Rafael Leao, had looked like he’d scored the winner for the 2016 European Champions. 

Joao Cancelo had whipped the ball into the penalty area where Cristiano Ronaldo was waiting. 

The Al-Nassr forward headed the ball down into the right post, but Jota, lurking on the edge of the six-yard box, was ready to pounce on the rebound, heading it into the back of the net.

Diogo Jota (pictured) performed a ‘pregnant celebration’ after he appeared to score during Portugal’s win vs Czechia

Several other players from both teams arrived after tensions appeared to rise inside the goalmouth

 Several other players from both teams arrived after tensions appeared to rise inside the goalmouth

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Initially, the Liverpool forward, who is already a father of two, wheeled away in elation that he’d scored an 87th-minute winner but stopped in his tracks and returned to retrieve the ball from in the net in order to perform a celebration.

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Czechia goalkeeper Stanek, meanwhile, had appeared to block the Portugal attacker from taking the ball, with Jota arriving before shouting at the former Everton academy goalkeeper.

As a mele of players arrived inside the goalmouth, the goalkeeper appeared to be pushed away from the ball, with Jota picking it up. 

The Portugal forward then made off with the ball and tucked it under his jersey, before sucking his thumb appearing to pay tribute to his unborn child.

His players rallied around him to celebrate the last-gasp goal but VAR would soon spoil the party.

Referee Marco Guida would subsequently overturn the goal after it appeared Ronaldo was offside for Cancelo’s initial cross.

Jota had appeared to shout at the goalkeeper, before he was pushed away from the ball

Jota had appeared to shout at the goalkeeper, before he was pushed away from the ball

But referee Referee Marco Guida (pictured) would disallow the goal after VAR ruled Cristiano Ronaldo had been offside in the build up

But referee Referee Marco Guida (pictured) would disallow the goal after VAR ruled Cristiano Ronaldo had been offside in the build up

Despite that, Portugal would return in the 93rd minute to seal the victory, with Ronaldo (left) celebrating in front of Stanek (right)

Despite that, Portugal would return in the 93rd minute to seal the victory, with Ronaldo (left) celebrating in front of Stanek (right)

A deflated Jota subsequently trudged back downfield and into position after the decision had been made.

Despite that, Francisco Conceicao would strike home in the 92nd minute to seal a last-gasp victory for Martinez’s side, with the Porto forward lashing in a brilliant strike. 

After rowing with the goalkeeper, Ronaldo would subsequently celebrate infront of Stanek after Conceicao’s late winner.  

More to follow… 

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