FIFA has confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo did not score against Uruguay on Monday, citing technology.
Despite the fact that Portugal allegedly presented evidence suggesting he had the final touch on Bruno Fernandes’ ball into the box after 54 minutes. To begin the scoring, Fernandes’ cross escaped the Uruguayan defense and goalie Sergio Rochet.
However, as the ball passed through, Ronaldo leaped up and seemed to try to head the ball in for his second goal of the tournament. Despite Ronaldo’s enthusiastic celebration, the stadium announcer at the Lusail Iconic Stadium named Fernandes as the scorer.
Fernandes admitted he wasn’t sure if Ronaldo had touched the ball, despite the fact that the superstar appeared to be claiming it. He said he didn’t care who got the ultimate scoring credit.
“[The goal] was celebrated as if it had been Cristiano’s goal. He appeared to have touched the ball. My intention was to cross the ball for him “He stated.
“We are pleased with the result, regardless of who scored. The most important thing is that we achieved our goal of progressing to the next round.”
Fernandes may be happy now that FIFA has verified their final decision, which was made using Adidas technology. Because the technology indicated that Ronaldo did not make contact with the ball, Fernandes was given credit for the goal.
“We are able to conclusively prove no contact on the ball from Cristiano Ronaldo for the opening goal in the game in the encounter between Portugal and Uruguay, utilizing the Connected Ball Technology housed in Adidas Al Rihla Official Match Ball,” a FIFA statement stated.
“The lack of a ‘heartbeat’ in our measurements indicates that no external force on the ball could be recorded. The 500Hz IMU sensor inside the ball enables us to be extremely precise in our analyses.”
Adidas’ match ball incorporates technology that can supply match officials with real-time statistics. It may also capture every touch made by the players using sensors, which were added to assist in judging offsides.
Despite El Chiringuito TV stating that the Portuguese FA would offer proof to indicate Ronaldo scored, this confirmation comes as a surprise. It was unclear what kind of evidence that would be, but it now appears to be obsolete.
Portugal’s victory over Uruguay ensured their spot in the World Cup knockout rounds, with Fernandes adding a second in stoppage time. If Ronaldo is not rested by coach Fernando Santos, he will have to wait until the last group game against South Korea to score his second goal of the tournament.
If he is rested, his next opportunity to score will come in the knockout stages. Portugal is still waiting to learn who their opponents will be, with Brazil, Switzerland, Cameroon, and Serbia all still in contention to advance from Group G.