Portugal is through after Fernandes’ win over Uruguay | Football News

Portugal’s 2-0 victory makes it the third team after France and Brazil to qualify for the knockout stage of the World Cup.

Bruno Fernandes scored a brace as Portugal beat Uruguay 2–0 to secure a place in the last 16 of the World Cup with a group game to spare.

After a goalless first half on Monday in which Portugal dominated possession, the deadlock was broken in the 54th minute when a cross from Manchester United midfielder Fernandes flew into the net.

Ronaldo had initially celebrated the goal because his ball seemed to shave after his head, but ten minutes later FIFA ruled that it was Fernandes’ goal after all.

Uruguay made the changes with veteran striker Luis Suarez and Maximiliano Gomez replacing Darwin Nunez and Edinson Cavani in the 72nd minute.

But despite Suarez winning a free kick with some acrobatics and Gomez rattling the post shortly after entering the field, Uruguay was unable to convert chances into goals.

Portugal were awarded a penalty in stoppage time after a VAR review, with Jose Maria Gimenez ruling that he had handled the ball as it fell as Fernandes knocked it past him into the penalty area.

Fernandes scored the penalty to put Portugal in the round of 16. Uruguay languishes at the bottom of Group H but can still qualify if they beat Ghana on Friday and Portugal win or draw against South Korea.

More to follow.

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