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Adidas prove who scored Portugal's goal vs Uruguay

Cristiano or Bruno Fernandes? FIFA and Adidas confirm who scored Portugal's opening goal vs. Uruguay

November 29, 2022 By Ali M.
Did the five-time Ballon d'Or winner make contact with Bruno's cross before it hit the back of the net? Adidas have revealed the answer.

Portugal took on Uruguay in an interesting FIFA World Cup fixture yesterday, with the European heavyweights triumphing 2-0 to become only the third nation to qualify for the round of 16 so far.

However, despite this feat, the post-match conversation was not dominated by the full-time result but by the controversy surrounding  A Seleção's opening goal. While it was perfectly legitimate, everyone was left confused as to who exactly put the ball in the back of the net.

Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo combined to break the deadlock, with the Manchester United midfielder delivering an inch-perfect cross which the five-time Ballon d'Or winner jumped to head. However, despite initially being awarded the goal, the replays showed that Ronaldo might not have even made contact with the ball before it crept into the back of the net.

Shortly afterward, the goal was reassigned to Fernandes, who went on to net a stoppage-time penalty to complete his brace, but the debate carried on past the final whistle. While Cristiano Ronaldo did not make enough contact with Bruno's cross to change its course, did the 37-year-old make enough contact to claim credit for the goal?

Both FIFA and Adidas have now offered a definitive answer and it is disappointing news for the Real Madrid icon. The Portugal captain will not be awarded the goal as he has officially been deemed to have made no contact with the ball.

While that definite answer comes from football's world governing body, the proof was provided by the aforementioned German designing and manufacturing company. Adidas, who are the producers of the 2022 FIFA World Cup ball "Al Rihla", have placed sensors inside the match balls from which they obtained this information.

The company released a statement, revealing that the "Connected Ball Technology", which collects data for every touch in order to assist VAR with the semi-automated offside decisions, shows that CR7 made no contact with Bruno Fernandes' cross for the opening goal.

"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," the statement read, as per the Athletic.

"No external force on the ball could be measured as shown by the lack of 'heartbeat' in our measurements and in the attached graphic. 

"The 500Hz IMU sensor inside the ball allows us to be highly accurate in our analysis."

This means that Cristiano is still on 118 goals for the national team. However, given that his team are through to the next round and he is still the highest-scoring player in the history of international football, it is hard to imagine Ronaldo losing any sleep over this fact.

Portugal head into their final group-stage game against South Korea needing only a point to officially win their group — though they can still top the standings even if they were to suffer an unexpected defeat against the Asian giants. This means the Euro 2016 winners are likely to face the Group G runners-up in the last 16, which looks to be Serbia or Switzerland.

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