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DOHA, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes said he wasn't concerned over who was finally awarded the opening goal in his side's 2-0 win over Uruguay on Monday night.

The goal that broke the deadlock came in the 54th minute when the Manchester United midfielder curled in a right foot cross from the left of the Uruguay penalty area looking for Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo jumped, but TV replays implied he failed to get a touch as the curling ball fooled everyone, including Uruguay keeper, Sergio Rochet.

Ronaldo spread his arms and ran celebrating as if he scored the goal, although it was later awarded to the midfielder, who was asked about it in a press conference in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

"I don't think it matters who scored the goal at this point, I think the feeling I had is that Cristiano touched the ball, I was passing to him, but the big thing is that we are in the next round," said Fernandes, who later sealed the win to book Portugal's place in the last-16 from the penalty spot.

Portugal coach, Fernando Santos burst into laughter when he was asked about the goal.

"It was a great match, my team played well and the rest doesn't matter," chuckled the veteran.

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