‘The feeling I had at the time was that Cristiano touched the ball’: Portugal star Bruno Fernandes admits he thought his first goal against Uruguay was Cristiano Ronaldo’s – despite FIFA saying otherwise – and insists he’s not bothered who scores
- Bruno Fernandes is not bothered by Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal claims v Uruguay
- Ronaldo celebrated scoring with a header against Uruguay as Portugal won 2-0
- The goal was later to awarded after Ronaldo appeared to not touch the ball
- Fernandes insists sole focus should remain on winning the World Cup in Qatar
Bruno Fernandes says it does not matter who scored Portugal’s opener in a 2-0 victory over Uruguay that secured their place in the World Cup knockout phase.
It initially looked as though Cristiano Ronaldo had drawn level with Portugal’s record World Cup goalscorer Eusebio when he rose to try and head in Fernandes’ 54th-minute cross.
But replays showed that the Portugal captain, who has scored eight World Cup goals, did not get a touch on it and the goal was given to Fernandes as his team claimed a second successive Group H win.
Bruno Fernandes has insisted he doesn’t care who is awarded Portugal’s opening goal against Uruguay
Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo claimed to have got a head on Fernandes’ crossed ball
Fernandes’ opener, followed by a penalty from the Manchester United star in added time, proved enough to turn a tight and tense contest Portugal’s way.
And it left them in pole position to top their group ahead of facing South Korea on Friday.
Fernandes starred with a two-goal performance against Uruguay
‘I don’t think it really matters who scored the goal at this point,’ Fernandes said.
‘The feeling I had at the time was that Cristiano touched the ball. I was passing the ball to him.
‘But the important thing was that we won tonight against a very tough opponent.
‘The importance of us being first in the group includes us winning the next game, which would allow us to come out of the group undefeated. That is what we want.
‘We have a very organised team ahead of us on Friday, and our objective is to take it match by match.’
Uruguay, meanwhile, will need to beat Ghana in their quest for a place in the round of 16.
‘We will be going all out for victory. It is a crucial game,’ Uruguay manager Diego Alonso said.
Fernandes quipped that ‘it doesn’t really matter’ who was awarded the strike after the game
The debated duo were in good moods after the full-time whistle as Portugal qualified for the last 16
Portugal players celebrated qualifying for the last 16 of the World Cup following victory
‘We improved in the second half today. Portugal owned the ball before that, and that pressure had some effect.
‘Sometimes, things don’t work out. We had 11 chances, according to the statistics.’