Portugal became the third team to qualify for the last-16 at the World Cup in Qatar on Monday night following a 2-0 win over Uruguay.
It was a tensed first 45 minutes between both teams as they struggle to create any clear chances in the first 30 minutes of the game. Fernando Santos men dominated possession while Uruguay largely stayed back to soak in the pressure from Fernandes, Ronaldo and the rest.
A few minutes into the second half, a pitch invader carrying a rainbow flag brought the game to a temporary halt at the Lusail Iconic Stadium in Qatar. The man was wearing a Superman shirt with the words “Save Ukraine” on the front of the shirt and “Respect for Iranian Woman” on the back.
The rainbow flag has been a controversial one at the on going World Cup. Being gay is illegal in Qatar with a jail sentence of up to seven years, leading to huge controversy around the tournament.
Four minutes after the incident, Bruno Fernandes was accorded too much space on the edge of the area, and after he clipped a delightful ball into the area, the effervescent Cristiano Ronaldo thought he had equalled Eusébio’s Portuguese record of nine FWC goals by adding the deftest of touches, but he failed to make contact and the goal was therefore awarded to his former Manchester United teammate.
Bruno Fernandes doubled the lead from the spot in the stoppage time after Jose Maria Gimenez accidentally used his hand to stop the movement of the ball in the box.
With the win tonight, Portugal secure back-to-back World Cup wins for the first time since 2006.