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Even though Cristiano Ronaldo’s clever attempt to claim credit in Portugal vs Uruguay game, but brilliant Fernandes propel Portugal through to World Cup 2022 knockouts

Cristiano Ronaldo in Portugal vs Uruguay game

LUSAIL, Qatar — Bruno Fernandes overshadowed Cristiano Ronaldo with his two goals in the match for Portugal on Monday. A victory of 2-0 against Uruguay secured a spot in the knockout stage in the case of players who are the Portugal 2016 European champions.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United
Ronaldo’s clever attempt to claim credit, USA TODAY and TOMORROW. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

In a gruelling game played at Lusail Stadium, Fernandes was the main reason for Portugal in Uruguay’s loss, which put them at the bottom of Group H, having to beat Ghana at the end of their match to be in any chance of qualifying for the next stage.

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Portugal demonstrate that they are the best team in Qatar

France and Brazil joined Portugal in securing their spot in the round of 16. While those two heavyweights in football are among the top contenders to be victorious at this World Cup, nobody should think of underestimating the Portugal team.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United
Cristiano Ronaldo’s clever attempt to claim credit, USA TODAY and TOMORROW. (Photo by Tibor Illyes – Pool/Getty Images)

They beat an indecisive Uruguay that offered nothing to play for, winning without relying on goals scored by Ronaldo. If it wasn’t for a late strike that hit the post, Manchester United’s Fernandes could have been one of Qatar’s very first players to complete the hat trick.
Fernandes is a midfielder.

He is one of many Portugal stars who’re star players in their way, yet are too often obliterated by Ronaldo. Portugal has Bernardo Silva, Rafael Leao, Joao Felix, top-class defensive players like Ruben Dias, and the veteran Pepe.

Portugal is always a potential participant in significant tournaments, posing a threat to other nations, but their only ever international triumph was Euro 2016.
But when it gets closer to the World Cup moves into the knockout phase, Portugal is a team that the best teams should avoid because they are capable of beating anybody and may be a contender this time.

Ronaldo’s passion for goals transforms into to sly

Ronaldo hasn’t scored more than 800 goals in his career without having an overwhelming desire to kick the ball into the goal. He could even cover up a goal he did not score against Uruguay.

Cristiano Ronaldo's clever attempt to claim credit, USA TODAY and TOMORROW.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s clever attempt to claim credit, USA TODAY and TOMORROW. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

The 37-year-old, who is no longer with the club after his uneasy exile from Manchester United last week, became the first player to score at five World Cup tournaments when he scored a penalty in Portugal’s 3-1 win over Ghana during Portugal’s first match in Qatar.
He also tried to keep out Fernandes in the first goal of the game with Uruguay when he reacted to his strike in the 54th minute by crowing as if he was kicking in the midfielder’s cross.

From first look, it was nothing more than the tiniest touch from Ronaldo’s head. However, his reaction was apparent, and he made a meaningful touch. However, a series of replays revealed that Ronaldo didn’t touch the ball or even drag it to the net in any way.
The big screens at Lusail Stadium announced that Lusail Stadium announced moments later that Fernandes was given the goal.

Ronaldo’s reaction was captured on film as he looked at the screen and gave what seemed to be nervous laughter, trying to hide his anger or his shock that someone was able to steal the goal from his shoulders.

It was the appearance of Ronaldo, who was substituted by the manager Fernando Santos in the closing moments.

Cynical Uruguay can reverse the clock with a rough plan

Uruguay is a country that has been and continues to be blessed with world-class soccer talent. This has always been exceptionally large for the population of only 3.5 million.
However, when their top attacking players fail to dominate this game, Uruguay can depend on more of a physical approach to win, mainly when playing teams as skilled as Portugal.

It was one of the instances when Diego Alonso’s team showed Uruguay’s humorous side, seeking to take advantage of every chance with late-come-from-the-back demands, shirt tugs and an overall sense of excessive physicality. Regarding Fernandes’s penalty kick, Portugal team members defended the penalty area from Uruguay players trying to beat the spot.

Uruguay is a place that has produced hard-committed players. Their mixture of hard work and talent is why so many, including Luis Suarez, Diego Godin and Edinson Cavani, have been successful in Europe’s top clubs over the past few years.

However, aside from a final rush of attacks in the course of an opponent, Uruguay was playing as if they were content with a draw and were determined to win by crossing over the lines on several occasions. Rodrigo Bentancur and Mathias Olivera were given yellow cards and were lucky not to be dismissed for further offending.

It’s disappointing to watch a team with the calibre of these players be able to perform in such a way that is negative even given that they have players who can beat any team in their time.

Ratings of the player

Portugal: Diogo Costa 6; Ruben Dias 6, Joao Cancelo 7, Pepe 7, Bernardo Silva 6, Nuno Mendes 5; Ruben Neves 6, Bruno Fernandes 7 William Carvalho 6; , Cristiano Ronaldo 5, Joao Felix 7.
Subs: Raphael Guerreiro 6, Goncalo Ramos 6, Rafael Leao 6, Joao Palhinha 6, Matheus Nunes 6.

Uruguay: Sergio Rochet 7; Diego Godin 7, Sebastian Coates 6, Jose Maria Gimenez 6; Matias Vecino 6, Fede Valverde 6, \ Rodrigo Bentancur 5; Guillermo Varela 6, Darwin Nunez 5, Mathias Oliveira 5; Edinson Cavani 5.
Subs: Facundo Pellistri 6, Maxi Gomez 6, Giorgian de Arrascaeta 6, Luis Suarez 6.

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The best and worst performers

BEST: Bruno Fernandes, Portugal
A Manchester United midfielder stood out only with his goal, which ended this game in a stalemate.
WORST: Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal
The Portugal captain was not well-known and only drew the media’s attention when he attempted to claim the goal, but it wasn’t his.

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Highlights and noteworthy moments

The game-defining goal was scored at the end of 54 minutes. Bruno Fernandes launched a cross into the box, and Cristiano Ronaldo came up for a free kick after the ball bounced to the net’s back.

Ronaldo declared it to be his goal. He was initially given credit for scoring however, upon further examination it was apparent that he missed the ball. The goal was awarded to Fernandes. It was Fernandes the first time he scored at a World Cup.

A somewhat ambiguous penalty was handed out to Portugal in the event that Fernandes nudged the ball between Jose Maria Gimenez’s legs, Gimenez falling to the ground, and then he pushed his arm up to help brace his fall. The ball flew past his hand. The referee ruled that it was a handball after examining the video.

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What managers and players had to say

Bruno Fernandes on credit for the goal’s changing: “We are happy with the result, whatever the goal scorer. Most important is that we accomplished our objective, which is to do it in the second round. I was ecstatic [after the opening game against Uruguay if it was Cristiano’s goal. It was apparent to me that it was a touch. I intended to strike the ball for him.”

Portugal manager Fernando Santos on who scored Fernandes the first goal of his career: “I think it was an amazing game, the team played exceptionally well, and the rest doesn’t matter.”

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Santos on the outcome: “It was a deserved victory. The team performed as it stated it would. We’ve made it to the next phase. We must keep improving what we can improve upon. I reminded my players at halftime that we needed to keep playing and show ourselves confidently. It’s our game, and we must get it right.

There was some fatigue. Other players could have played, but there were 26 players, and they could all participate. Most importantly, we won, and we did it well.”

Santos about whether he’ll rest players in the Friday clash with South Korea: “The game has ended. We’re fully qualified. Tomorrow, I’ll be thinking about these issues.”

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Key statistics

  • Bruno scored his first FIFA World Cup goal in four games.
  • Fernandes was involved in four of five goals in the tournament by Portugal in this World Cup (two goals, two assists).

Portugal Group H continues on Friday as Portugal takes on South Korea at 10 a.m. ET. After their victory over Uruguay, Portugal qualified for the knockout round.

Uruguay The same goes for Uruguay. Uruguay will take on Ghana this Friday at 10:30 a.m. ET to finish Group Stage. With their defeat to Portugal, the team must now be victorious against Ghana and determine if playing their other Group H game simultaneously will help their cause.

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