THE PORTUGUESE FOOTBALL FEDERATION will present evidence to FIFA that Cristiano Ronaldo scored the opener against Uruguay on Monday.
Portugal played the South American's in the crucial Group H clash yesterday and won 2-0, but it didn't come without a story involving the former Manchester United player.
All this to please someone’s ego. This is all the evidence u need and it clearly shows that Ronaldo doesn’t get a touch on the ball. pic.twitter.com/cD2PIkG3wC
— Kieran__02 #GlazersOut (@Kieran_C02) November 29, 2022
The game ended 0-0 in the first half, but in the second half the game came to life in the second half when Ronaldo seemingly nodded in a ball from former Manchester United teammate Bruno Fernandes.
Ronaldo celebrated with his iconic Siuuu celebration, but according to FIFA and the stadium announcer the goal went to Fernandes.
Many people questioned if Ronaldo actually did touch the ball.
One user on Twitter said: "Absolutely convinced this didn’t touch Ronaldo. May have been extremely close, but the ball doesn’t change path. Why does Ronaldo run off celebrating. Embarrassing."
While another said: "Yeah, It's obvious he didn't touch the ball but Ronaldo's gesture enabled the goal."
The matter is now being referred to FIFA.
According to Spanish media outlet El Chiringuito TV, the PFA will present evidence that Ronaldo did in fact touch the ball after all.
Portugal are said to be disappointed with FIFA's verdict, as Ronaldo is just one goal away from becoming the country's joint-record scorer alongside Eusebio. At 37, this is likely to be Ronaldo's last World Cup and he is running out of time to snatch the honour.
Portugal went on to win 2-0 thanks to a late Fernandes penalty. The win now means Portugal advance to the last-16.
Fernandes, the goal scorer/assister of the first goal, said after the game 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. 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 added: "Ronaldo played a great game but all our team played a great performance. I think it was a great match, our team played very well and the rest for me does not matter."
Portugal will play South Korea in the final group game. A draw against South Korea would ensure top spot.
🇵🇹😳 ¿ERA GOL de CRISTIANO ante Uruguay?
📩🚨 "La Federación Portuguesa va a presentar pruebas a la FIFA para demostrarlo."
✍️ Información de @EduAguirre7 anoche en @elchiringuitotv. pic.twitter.com/ePyXlkCTGM
— El Chiringuito TV (@elchiringuitotv) November 29, 2022