Bruno Fernandes stated, “I don’t think it really matters” after being credited with the opening goal in Portugal’s 2-0 victory over Uruguay to go to the World Cup quarterfinals.Information Guide Nigeria
The Manchester United midfielder scored twice as Fernando Santos’s side defeated Uruguay at Lusail Stadium to advance to the round of 16 with a match to spare.
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Cristiano Ronaldo appeared to touch home Fernandes’ cross in the 54th minute, but FIFA ultimately ruled that it was actually Fernandes who scored the opening goal for Portugal.
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Fernandes clinched the victory with a late penalty kick and is now intent on securing first place in Group H by avoiding defeat against South Korea on Friday.
“I don’t really think it matters who scored the goal at this point,” he said when asked about Portugal’s first strike. “The feeling I had at the time was that Cristiano touched the ball. I was passing the ball to him.JAMB portal
“But what’s important is that we were able to go on to the next round after a very important win against a tough opponent.
“The importance of being first [in Group H] includes winning the next game, which would allow us to come out of the group undefeated with three wins, and that’s what we want.
“We know we will find a very well-organised [South Korea] team ahead of us. Our objective is to think match after match – to win all the ones in the group phase, we still have one ahead of us.
“We have to do our very best because we want to win all the matches.”
Santos hopes Portugal can finish the job and lead Group H after winning their first two World Cup games for only the third time — they also did it in 1966 and 2006 in runs to the semi-finals.NYSC portal
The Portugal head coach praised his players and stated that Nuno Mendes, who limped off during the first half, will be evaluated in “24 hours.”
“All our team have a great performance,” Santos said. “The game was difficult, our opponent was difficult.
“In the second half, we managed to play as we are used to; despite the fact that the Uruguayan players were playing very well.
“Our players responded with purpose, and we managed to win with fair play. We have a feeling of satisfaction as we can move to the next stage.
“[Two wins from two is] exactly what I wanted for my team. As I said back in Portugal, our team is very united, we have a very good team building, and now we are given the answers to what was asked of us.
“There is still a match to be played; we need to be careful with our considerations. We do want to be first [in Group H], but we are not first yet. As a result, we need to continue improving on our tactics.”JAMB Result
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