Bruno doesn’t give a sh*t who scored Portugal opener as Ronaldo ‘destined for Hollywood’

Ronaldo Portugal Credit: Alamy
Ronaldo Portugal Credit: Alamy

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.

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.

“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.”

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Discussing whether Ronaldo got the faintest of touches on Bruno’s cross in the ITV studio, Graeme Souness and Joe Cole suggested the striker could have a career in the movies judging by his reaction.

“I think we’re in the realms of ‘only he really knows’, that doesn’t clear it. He’ll wish he never had his haircut this morning, I’m looking at that reaction and if he hasn’t touched it, that is acting, pretty good acting,” Souness said on ITV.

Cole added: “His reaction suggests he touches it but I’m yet to see a camera angle that suggests he definitely touched it. There will be an interesting conversation between Ronaldo and Bruno.

“First of all, he gets the pair that worked so long together, as he picks up the ball, he peels off Ronaldo and times his run to perfection. I can’t see where he touches it, when you slow it down you can’t see where he touches it. He’s definitely destined for Hollywood if he didn’t touch it.”

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