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Fernandes shoots Portugal into the round of 16

Cristiano Ronaldo grinned and put his arm around the shoulders of match winner Bruno Fernandes and joked with his team-mate. Thanks to Fernandes’ brace, superstar Ronaldo has reached the first stage goal early with Portugal at what will probably be his last World Cup. The team around the 37-year-old superstar won 2-0 (0-0) against Uruguay in front of 88,668 spectators in the Lusail final stadium and, after two wins from two games, is early in the round of 16.

“We did it and we are very happy. Now we have to win again, then we’ll be first,” said Fernandes, who scored twice. We stand together.” Portugal head coach Fernando Santos added: “We won and fulfilled the plan I made. We did well and now we will keep working.”

Uruguay, on the other hand, have only one point so far in Qatar and have to worry about a place in the knockout stages. Midfielder Bruno Fernandes scored the two goals (54 minutes/90+3/penalty).

Shortly after half-time, a streaker with a rainbow flag caused a stir and stormed onto the field. Portugal did not let this irritate them in their revenge for the 2-1 loss in the 2018 World Cup round of 16. The Iberians are still fighting for first place in the last group game on Friday against South Korea (4 p.m. CET in the FAZ live ticker for the World Cup, on ZDF and on MagentaTV). Uruguay must then win against Ghana, who beat South Korea 3-2 on Monday and are second in their group.


A streaker runs across the pitch with a rainbow flag and messages on the T-shirt during the World Cup match between Portugal and Uruguay.
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After the Portuguese goal, Ronaldo initially cheered and let himself be celebrated, but Fernandes was announced as the scorer. His cross no longer touched Ronaldo in the middle. The offensive player, who was later replaced, failed to equalize Portugal’s World Cup goal record of nine goals by Eusebio, at least for the time being.

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