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Did Bruno Fernandes or Cristiano Ronaldo score first for Portugal against Uruguay?

Cristiano Ronaldo thought he had opened the scoring for Portugal vs Uruguay but has received bad news from FIFA.

Cristiano Ronaldo thought he had opened the scoring for Portugal vs Uruguay but has received bad news from FIFA.
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Although Bruno Fernandes appeared to agree with Cristiano Ronaldo’s claim that the Portugal captain had scored the first goal in Portugal’s 2-0 victory over Uruguay, there has been bad news for Ronaldo with FIFA judging him not to have got a touch on Fernandes’ cross.

At the Qatar 2022 World Cup, Portugal became the third country, after France and Brazil, to clinch a spot in the round of 16 after making it two victories out of two in Group H by overcoming a dismal Uruguay team.

The identity of the player who scored Portugal’s first goal in the match had been a mystery in the aftermath of the final whistle, with both Fernandes and coach Fernando Santos reluctant to say for certain whether or not Ronaldo had set O Seleção on the route to victory with the faintest of touches.

At first glance, it seemed as if Ronaldo had guided Fernandes’ cross into the back of the net with a flick of his head in the 54th minute; however, television replays did little to confirm that the 37-year-old had actually made contact with the ball.

Despite Ronaldo celebrating, believing the goal was his, Fernandes was declared as the goalscorer on the large screen inside the stadium and FIFA have now confirmed that they have awarded the goal to the Manchester United playmaker, who also scored a penalty in injury time.

If the goal had been given to Ronaldo, it would have tied him with legendary striker Eusebio as Portugal’s all-time top goalscorer in the World Cup with nine goals. As it as, Ronaldo will have to wait to equal or break yet another record, although he will have at least another two opportunities to do so, with the Portuguese already having qualified for the knockout stages.


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