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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 19 July 2018

Who's crying now? Fans mock tearful Sergio Ramos after Spain World Cup exit

Many supporters still hold Ramos responsible for denying us the best of Egypt superstar Mohamed Salah at the 2018 World Cup after injuring the Liverpool forward in the Uefa Champions League final

Spain's Sergio Ramos looks dejected after losing the penalty shoot-out to Russia. Christian Hartmann / Reuters
Spain's Sergio Ramos looks dejected after losing the penalty shoot-out to Russia. Christian Hartmann / Reuters

The sight of a grown man crying is never fun to see, particularly if it's the result of seeing your team get eliminated from the World Cup.

Spain captain Sergio Ramos was in floods of tears following a penalty shoot-out defeat to host nation Russia on Sunday, with Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev saving the spot kicks of Koke and Iago Aspas to see Russia advance 4-3 after the match had ended 1-1 after extra time.

But not many had sympathy for the Real Madrid defender.

Many supporters still hold Ramos responsible for denying us the best of Egypt superstar Mohamed Salah at the World Cup after injuring the Liverpool forward in the Uefa Champions League final, and were quick to lay the boot in on the Spaniard on Twitter.

The pair had met three weeks before the start of the tournament in the final of the Champions League on May 26.

Ramos was accused of setting out to deliberately hurt the Liverpool forward as they tussled for a ball, resulting in Salah needing medical treatment before eventually being substituted midway through the first half, leaving the field in tears. Ramos had been accused of mocking the stricken Salah in the aftermath.

Without their talisman, who had single-handedly destroyed Manchester City and Roma in the quarter-finals and semi-finals to set up a showdown with Real Madrid in Kiev, Liverpool lost the match 3-1, with Ramos lifting the trophy for a third successive season.

The injury forced Salah, 26, who on Monday signed a new long-term deal with Liverpool, to miss Egypt's opening group game, a 1-0 defeat to Uruguay. Although Salah played and scored in the subsequent defeats to Russia and Saudi Arabia, the Pharaohs finished bottom of Group A with their star player unable to reproduce the form that had brought 44 goals in the 2017/18 season.

Looks like karma has come back to bite Ramos hard.

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