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Cristiano Ronaldo is fuming! Al-Nassr star denied three penalties in first half of Champions League clash against Shabab Al-Ahli as he tells officials to 'wake up!' and pushes away man taking selfie

  • Ronaldo in Champions League action with Al-Nassr
  • Saw three penalty shouts waved away
  • Aired his frustration at half-time

WHAT HAPPENED? The Saudi Pro League side took on Shabab Al-Ahli in an AFC Champions League play-off on Tuesday - and Ronaldo was not a happy man by half-time. He saw three separate penalty shouts turned down before the break, being brought down in the area twice before seeing his volley blocked by the hand of an Al-Ahli defender. Ronaldo remonstrated with the officials at length and could be heard shouting: "wake up!". He also pushed away a man who appeared to trying to take a selfie with him on the touchline.

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THE BIGGER PICTURE: Ronaldo endured a similarly frustrating night in Al-Nassr's last match, struggling to find his groove as his team fell to a shock Saudi Pro League defeat to Al-Taawoun. That result made in two defeats in two to start the season, with Luis Castro's side also losing to Al-Ettifaq in their opening game - which their talisman missed through injury.

WHAT NEXT? Thankfully for Ronaldo, he and his side put first-half frustrations behind them, going on to record a 4-2 victory over their Emirati opponents.