Technology on the match ball used at the World Cup proved conclusively that Cristiano Ronaldo did not make any contact with the ball for Portugal’s opener in their 2-0 win over Uruguay on Monday, FIFA and ball manufacturers adidas to ESPN.
Portugal opened the scoring in the 54th minute, but the identity of the scorer was left in doubt as both Bruno Fernandes and manager Fernando Santos were unable to clarify after the game whether or not Ronaldo gave the decisive final touch.
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And now, ESPN has been told that the technology inside the ball proves that Ronaldo’s head did not make contact with the ball for the first goal, meaning the goal is awarded to Fernandes.
“In the match between Portugal and Uruguay, using the Connected Ball technology housed in the adidas Al Rihla Official Match Ball, we can definitively demonstrate that there is no contact with Cristiano Ronaldo’s ball for the first goal of the game,” a statement said. provided to ESPN by FIFA on behalf of adidas read.
“No external force on the ball could be measured, as evidenced by the lack of ‘beats’ in our measurements. The 500Hz IMU sensor inside the ball allows us to be very precise in our analysis.”
The match ball includes technology that can provide real-time data to match officials. It also captures every touch made by players with sensors, and the original press release from July states that the technology will “help report offside situations and help detect unclear touches, thus improving the quality and speed of the play process.” VAR decision making. “
Fernandes’ cross in the 54th minute initially appeared to have been directed into the net by a glancing touch of Ronaldo’s head, but TV replays suggested the 37-year-old failed to make contact with the ball.
Fernandes was heralded as the goalscorer on the stadium’s big screen, despite Ronaldo celebrating as if the goal was his own, which would have taken him to nine World Cup goals for Portugal and a draw with legendary former striker Eusebio.
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But speaking after being announced Man of the Match, Fernandes admitted that even he didn’t know whose goal it was.
“I celebrated [the goal] as if it had been Cristiano’s goal,” Fernandes said in his post-match interview. “It seemed to me that I had touched the ball. My goal was to cross the ball for him.
“We are happy with the victory regardless of who scores. The most important thing is that we achieved our objective, which is to be in the next round”.
But now it is definitely awarded to Fernandes, as Ronaldo’s wait for his ninth World Cup extends until the final group game against South Korea.