- Bruno Fernandes admits he thought Cristiano Ronaldo had scored his ninth World Cup goal
- The Manchester United midfielder was awarded Portugal's opener in after a check
- The 26-year-old’s cross went directly in the back of the net, and it almost looked like Ronaldo got a touch of the ball
- But FIFA eventually awarded the goal to Fernandes, to the disappointment of his former Manchester United teammate
Bruno Fernandes has admitted he genuinely believed Ronaldo 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 as he admitted he celebrated like it was his teammate who scored the goal.
“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.” He said as quoted on the Mirror.
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“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.”
Portugal boss Fernando Santos did not want to be drawn into the debate of who scored the goal but expressed overall pleasure at his side’s performance.
Fans slam Cristiano for claiming goal
On social media, Cristiano Ronaldo found himself on the receiving end for attempting to claim Bruno Fernandes' goal.
Hawk-eyed fans were quick to slam Ronaldo, with some claiming he had attempted to 'steal' Fernandes' goal.
Portugal vs Uruguay: Fans slam Cristiano Ronaldo for attempting to 'steal' Bruno Fernandes' World Cup goal
Sections felt Ronaldo was getting too excited to match up to Lionel Messi, who has two goals in Qatar so far.
Neymar hails Manchester United midfielder
As Sports Brief earlier reported, Neymar was full of praise for Casemiro for his heroics against Switzerland.
The Manchester United midfielder was the man of the moment as the Samba Boys silenced a stubborn Switzerland side 1-0 at Stadium 974.
The former Real Madrid anchorman's beautiful goal earned him praise from fans, with Neymar, who missed the tie through injury leading the tributes.