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Unseen footage of Cristiano Ronaldo's immediate reaction to Bruno Fernandes being awarded Portugal's opener

Daniel Marland

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Unseen footage of Cristiano Ronaldo's immediate reaction to Bruno Fernandes being awarded Portugal's opener

Footage of Cristiano Ronaldo's immediate reaction to FIFA awarding Portugal's opener against Uruguay to Bruno Fernandes has emerged.

Fernando Santos' side secured their second consecutive World Cup win and passage to the last 16 with a 2-0 win at the Lusail Stadium on Monday evening.

Manchester United midfielder Fernandes scored both goals, although there's been a debate around the opener.

Fernandes' cross in the 54th minute sailed straight past Uruguay goalkeeper Sergio Rochet and into the back of the net.

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Ronaldo glanced his head at the ball but failed to make any contact whatsoever. It didn't stop the five-time Ballon d'Or winner from wheeling away in celebration as if he'd given Portugal the lead.

Commentary on ITV Sport was under the impression Ronaldo had scored, praising his awareness in the box.

Those inside the ground were ahead of the curve. Fernandes' name and picture flashed up on the screen, much to the surprise of Ronaldo on the field.

Check out his immediate reaction in exclusive footage from TyC Sport below.

Ronaldo returned to the centre circle before taking a glance at the stands. After seeing Fernandes' name and number, he threw his arms in the air before letting out a wry smile.

It means the 37-year-old is still on eight World Cup goals, one behind Eusebio's all-time record for the national side.

Fernandes doubled Portugal's lead from the penalty spot in added time after Jose Maria Gimenez handled the ball while making a tackle.

Post-match, Fernandes admitted he thought Ronaldo had touched the ball.

Ronaldo and Fernandes celebrate with Bernardo Silva. (Image Credit: Alamy)
Ronaldo and Fernandes celebrate with Bernardo Silva. (Image Credit: Alamy)

He said: "I celebrated as if it had been Cristiano's goal. 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."

Santos, meanwhile, refused to get involved with the debate. The 68-year-old declared: "Ronaldo played a great game but all our team played a great performance.

"I think it was a great match, our team played very well and the rest for me does not matter."

Featured Image Credit: TyC Sport

Topics: Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal, Football World Cup

Daniel Marland
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