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Cristiano Ronaldo Denied he swore at Portugal coach Fernando Santos when he was substituted during a dramatic 2-1 win Defeated by South Korea in the World Cup On Friday, both teams advanced to the next round.

Portugal captain Ronaldo said the comments he made as he left the field in the 65th minute were actually aimed at a South Korean player.

Portuguese media said the former Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus player, who left the English club last month, appeared to challenge Santos’ decision to replace him, using foul language towards the coach.

“What happened before my substitution, the South Korean player told me to get off early. I told him to shut up because he doesn’t have that right. There was no disagreement (with the coach),” Ronaldo was quoted as saying by Portuguese journalists.

The 37-year-old is looking to equal the Portuguese record for most World Cup goals held by Eusébio, who scored nine goals in the only World Cup tournament played in England in 1966.

Ronaldo last week became the first player to score five World Cup goals.

When asked by reporters about the substitution incident, Santos also said that a South Korean player was offensive in his comments towards the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.

Santos said, “I saw the conversation with the Korean player and I have no doubt that is what happened.”

Ronaldo was largely kept away from South Korea’s defense in the Asian team’s last-gasp win over Portugal that knocked Uruguay out of the World Cup. But he was involved in the South Korean equalizer in the 27th minute when a corner hit his back and fell for Kim Young-gwon to score.

Santos made six changes to the team that beat Uruguay on Monday, taking into account the risk of yellow card suspension in the next round, for which Portugal had already qualified before kick-off against South Korea.

“We are sad. We wanted to move forward with a win, we wanted to play good football to boost our confidence,” Santos said.

“We’re not going to lose faith, have faith in this group, but this is a warning, a serious warning. Maybe some positive things can come from this game.”

He congratulated his predecessor as Portugal manager, Paulo Bento, who is now in charge of South Korea.

“I just hugged her. I’m sad, she’s happy. I didn’t help anything, but friends are friends, business aside.”