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ITV pundit Ian Wright responded to the “trolls” after he was caught getting Portugal’s new star Goncalo Ramos’ name wrong during the game. The Benfica man started over Cristiano Ronaldo in a bold call by boss Fernando Santos, but his decision was vindicated as Ramos claimed a hat-trick and an assist on Portugal’s way to a 6-1 win over Switzerland to reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup.Related articles Cristiano Ronaldo first down the tunnel as Portugal stars celebrate Joao Felix in talks to quit Atletico with Aston Villa 'best placed'
The Arsenal icon was impressed by Ramos, who had been linked with a move to Manchester United in the summer, but accidentally called him Goncalo Gomes instead. After viewers noticed the error, Wright was pulled up on it by host Mark Pougatch.
“As the Lusail empties here, Portugal into the quarter-finals they have hammered Switzerland six goals to one here,” Pougatch said before making a jibe at Wright. “And a new hero with the match ball and we get so excited Ian sometimes we can’t remember what his name is.” Wright then responded by hitting out at the viewers who were complaining: “It’s OK, we can give the trolls something to write about. Ramos!”
He is not the only pundit to have made a recent error, as ex-England striker Eni Aluko was criticised for her mistake when discussing Richarlison’s goal record for Brazil. “He’s the top scorer for Brazil over the last two years,” the former Lioness said. “He’s for a great record - 19 goals in 40 games, do the math and it’s a goal-a-game pretty much.”
Even though it was a slip of the tongue, she received a lot of backlash and Wright was quick to come to the defence of his ITV colleague. “I've made countless mistakes live on air,” Wright said. “The replies to this are horrible. You man are so pressed by women in football that you take pure pleasure in this. Grow up.”
Aluko had also commented on her error, joking that despite her success on and off the pitch, her maths was not her area of expertise. “Got myself a First class law degree, 102 caps & a Doctorate but Maths wasn’t always my forte,” the ex-Chelsea forward wrote.
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“Nearly 1 in 2 games is the maths on Richarlison. But some of you weirdo twitterati knew that already. Might also learn from the rest of the analysis conveniently ignored.”
Aluko returned to screens to cover Morocco’s penalty shoot-out win over Spain, and responded in a way that left her co-stars in stitches by poking fun at herself.
Aluko was impressed with Swiss striker Breel Embolo, who has scored three goals at the World Cup. And when the cameras turned away from Aluko and presenter Seema Jaswal, she said: "I'll let everyone else do the maths.”Related articles Baileys reduced to £10 for a litre on Amazon Man Utd may have Ramos transfer regret as Portugal hero nets hat-trick Ally McCoist 'not having' Tyldesley's Gordon Brown Portugal claim Cristiano Ronaldo first down the tunnel as Portugal stars celebrate Joao Felix in talks to quit Atletico with Aston Villa 'best placed'
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