Santos Hails 'Very United' Portugal, Fernandes Unfazed by Ronaldo 'Goal'
Bruno Fernandes during the UEFA Nations League Finals match between national team Portugal and Netherlands at Estadio do Dragao, Portugal — Photo by vldv

Portugal head coach Fernando Santos insists his team are “very united” following their 2-0 win over Uruguay which clinched their spot in the World Cup last 16 on Monday.

The Portuguese came into this World Cup in the spotlight amid Cristiano Ronaldo’s explosive interview where he claimed he was “betrayed” by his club Manchester United.

A social media video with a frosty exchange between Ronaldo and club and country teammate Bruno Fernandes went viral, although the team tried to clarify there was more to that situation.

Ronaldo has since parted ways with United and Portugal seem to have been able to move on, with Santos stating they are “very united”.

“Exactly what I wanted for my team,” he said. “As I said back in Portugal, our team is very united, we have a very good team building, and now we are given the answers to what was asked of us.

“There is still a match to be played; we need to be careful with our considerations.

“We do want to be first (in Group H) but we are not first yet. As a result, we need to continue improving on our tactics.”

Fernandes was credited with both goals although there was some confusion about the 54th-minute opener with Ronaldo looking to nod on the midfielder’s cross.

“I celebrated as if it had been Cristiano’s goal,” Fernandes said.

“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.”

Ben somerford
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