Ronaldo or Fernandes? Adidas Confirm Who Scored Portugal’s First World Cup Goal Versus Uruguay

Ronaldo or Fernandes? Adidas Confirm Who Scored Portugal’s First World Cup Goal Versus Uruguay

  • Adidas, who have a sensor inside World Cup balls, have finally confirmed who scored Portugal's goal versus Uruguay
  • The group stage clash was marked with a moment of confusion after a goal was credited to Cristiano Ronaldo
  • It later emerged the veteran striker played no role in guiding the ball into the net, with the goal credited to Fernandes

Adidas have used a sensor inside the World Cup ball to reveal who actually scored Portugal's first goal against Uruguay.

The Selecao cruised to a 2-0 victory over La Celeste at the Lusail Stadium, to qualify for the World Cup round of 16 on Monday night.

Fernando Santos' side opened the scoring in the second half after Bruno Fernandes floated a cross into the box.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes, Adidas, Portugal, Uruguay, World Cup 2022, Qatar
Adidas have proved who scored Portugal’s first goal against Uruguay. Photos by Sebastian Frej.
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The ball flew past Uruguay goalkeeper Sergio Rochet, with Ronaldo wheeling in celebration as if he'd got the final touch with a glancing header.

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The Portugal captain thought he had scored his side's first goal after trying to get a touch on the Manchester United midfielder's cross. Despite Ronaldo's wild celebration, the goal was eventually given to Fernandes.

Adidas have now used the 500Hz sensor inside this year's World Cup ball to confirm the veteran striker did not touch the ball.

“In the match between Portugal and Uruguay, using the Connected Ball Technology housed in adidas’s Al Rihla Official Match Ball, we are able to definitively show no contact on the ball from Cristiano Ronaldo for the opening goal in the game," a statement from Adidas read, via Daily Mail.

The company said it had measured no external force on the ball, which showed as a lack of 'heartbeat' according to its data analysis.

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Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Fernandes has admitted he genuinely believed Ronaldo had met his cross for Portugal’s opening goal against Uruguay.

The talented midfielder’s cross early in the second half eventually broke the deadlock for Portugal, but it came with a slice of controversy on who scored the goal.

After the game, Fernandes did not shy away from talking about the incident, saying he had celebrated as if his teammate had scored the goal.

Source: Sports Brief News