Bruno Fernandes was given a credit for the goal that Cristiano Ronaldo believed he had scored for his country.
Thanks to Fernandes’ two goals, Portugal defeated Uruguay 2-0 to advance to the knockout rounds. The 54th-minute goal by the Portugal international was followed by a penalty in the third minute of the additional time after 90. In the eighth minute of the additional time after 90, he had two excellent chances to score a hat-trick, but one of them struck the woodwork and the other was saved.
Uruguay is currently in serious peril as they have just earned one point from their first two group round games. In light of the current situation, they must win their upcoming encounter against Ghana and hope South Korea loses to Portugal without having a better goal difference.
They had two significant scoring opportunities that could have changed the game’s final result. Rodrigo Bentancur gave Uruguayan supporters something to cheer when he dribbled past two defenders on the edge of the box, but the Portuguese goalkeeper Diogo Costa saved the day. When Facundo Pellestri squared the ball to Maximiliano Gomez inside the box, he struck it superbly, but it ultimately hit the woodwork, giving them their next significant opportunity.
A fantastic set-piece presented Luis Suarez, a substitute, with a significant scoring opportunity, but his shot was just wide.
The backline of Portugal, which was a cause for concern, performed admirably today. Pepe, a 39-year-old FC Porto player, has a tonne of experience under his belt and was a key player today thanks to his 100% victory rate in duels and nine recoveries.
Bentacur was the only Uruguayan player who stood out as playing well. All eyes were on Edinson Cavani today, but he was unable to provide what his team needed.
Since Ghana was eliminated by Uruguay in the 2010 World Cup after Luis Suarez’s infamous handling of the ball, Ghana must be seeking retribution against Uruguay on Friday.