According to Adidas technology in the match ball, Cristiano Ronaldo did not initiate Portugal’s 2-0 victory against Uruguay at the World Cup. In his ecstatic celebration, Ronaldo insisted he had only the slightest of touches with his head on Bruno Fernandes cross to give Portugal the lead. However, FIFA eventually gave Fernandes credit for the goal. However, the Manchester United midfielder informed reporters after the game that Ronaldo was responsible for the goal: “I had the impression that Cristiano touched the ball. But thanks to a sensor embedded in the ball, Adidas has now demonstrated that the 37-year-old never touched Fernandes cross.
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In a statement, Adidas said: “We are able to unequivocally demonstrate that Cristiano Ronaldo did not touch the ball in any way to score the game’s first goal using the Connected Ball Technology found inside adidas’ Al Rihla Official Match Ball. The absence of a “heartbeat” in the measurements and in the accompanying graphic indicates that no external force on the ball could be measured. The analysis may be done with a high degree of accuracy because to the 500Hz IMU sensor inside the ball.
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After the game, Fernandes stated that he believed his former Manchester United teammate had touched the ball. The midfielder claimed, “I had a feeling Cristiano touched the ball. “I was handing him the ball. What counts is that we defeated a very challenging opponent and advanced to the next round. When the subject was put to the manager, Fernando Santos, he laughed it off during a press conference.
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I believe the pairing was excellent, he only remarked. The rest, in my opinion, is irrelevant because of how wonderfully our team played. After the game, Ronaldo avoided talking to reporters. Portugal’s victory on Monday night advanced them to the round of 16, but they still needed a point against South Korea on Friday to win Group H.
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