Tue 29 November 2022 | 8:42

Fernandes admits he thought Ronaldo had scored Portugal’s first goal against Uruguay

Bruno Fernandes says it does not matter who scored Portugal's first goal against Uruguay on Monday.


secured their place in the

World Cup

knockout phase with a 2-0 victory over 


thanks to Bruno Fernandes' brace.

At first, Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated scoring with a header from Bruno Fernandes’ cross in the 54th minute but the goal was later awarded to Fernandes after Ronaldo appeared not to touch the ball. Fernandes himself scored the second goal from the penalty spot in the 93rd minute of the match. 

"I don't really think it matters who scored the goal at this point,"

Fernandes said when asked about Portugal's first goal.

"The feeling I had at the time was that Cristiano touched the ball. I was passing the ball to him.

"But what's important is that we were able to go on to the next round after a very important win against a tough opponent.

"The importance of being first [in Group H] includes winning the next game, which would allow us to come out of the group undefeated with three wins, and that's what we want.

"We know we will find a very well-organised [South Korea] team ahead of us. Our objective is to think match after match – to win all the ones in the group phase, we still have one ahead of us.

"We have to do our very best because we want to win all the matches."

Portugal has won their first two group matches at the World Cup for the third time in history. They will face South Korea in their last match.

After the game, Portugal manager Fernando Santos praised his players and insisted they want to finish at top of the group.

"All our team have a great performance,"

Santos said.

 "The game was difficult, our opponent was difficult.

"In the second half, we managed to play as we are used to; despite the fact that the Uruguayan players were playing very well.

"Our players responded with purpose, and we managed to win with fair play. We have a feeling of satisfaction as we can move to the next stage.

"[Two wins from two is] exactly what I wanted for my team. As I said back in Portugal, our team is very united, we have a very good team building, and now we are given the answers to what was asked of us.

"There is still a match to be played; we need to be careful with our considerations. We do want to be first [in Group H], but we are not first yet. As a result, we need to continue improving on our tactics."

source: SportMob

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