2022 World Cup: Maybe it was Ronaldo’s goal – Bruno Fernandes speaks after Uruguay win

2022 World Cup: Maybe it was Ronaldo’s goal – Bruno Fernandes speaks after Uruguay win

Bruno Fernandes, a midfielder for Portugal, believes Cristiano Ronaldo scored the opening goal in their 2-0 win over Uruguay.

Fernandes believes his former Manchester United teammate headed his cross to score the first goal at Lusail Stadium.

Portugal became the third country in Qatar 2022, following France and Brazil, to secure a place in the round of 16 after defeating a disappointing Uruguay.

But the identity of Portugal’s first goalscorer in the game continues to be in doubt with both Fernandes and coach Fernando Santos unable to clarify whether or not Ronaldo provided the decisive final touch.

Fernandes’s 54th minute cross initially looked to have been directed into the net with a glancing touch by Ronaldo’s head, but television replays suggested that the 37-year-old did not touch the ball.

Fernandes was announced as the goalscorer on the big screen in the stadium, despite Ronaldo celebrating as though the goal was his, which would have taken him to nine all-time World Cup goals for Portugal and level with legendary former striker Eusebio.

But speaking after being announced as Player of the Match, Fernandes admitted even he didn’t know whose goal it was.

“I celebrated [the goal] as if it had been Cristiano’s goal,” Fernandes said. “It seemed to me that he had touched the ball. My aim was to cross the ball for him.

“We are happy with the victory regardless of who scored. The most important thing is that we achieved our aim which is to be in the next round.”

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