Cristiano Ronaldo cops huge blow in bid to claim teammate’s goal

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Cristiano Ronaldo was disappointed to hear that FIFA and Adidas confirmed the forward did not get a touch on the goal he claimed during Portugal’s win over Uruguay at the FIFA World Cup. Ronaldo celebrated Portugal’s first goal against Uruguay after he claimed the slightest of touches from a Bruno Fernandes cross, before the midfielder scored from the spot to guarantee his team’s qualification for the round of 16.

 

Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes celebrate after Portugal beat Uruguay at 2022 World Cup. – Cristiano Ronaldo và Bruno Fernandes ăn mừng sau khi Bồ Đào Nha đánh bại Uruguay tại World Cup 2022.

However, moments after Ronaldo claimed the goal from Fernandes’ cross, FIFA ruled that the ball went directly in without the help from the Portuguese forward. This appeared to confuse Ronaldo, who was caught reacting to the big screen.

 

Debate raged on whether Ronaldo extended his record-goal tally for Portugal or Fernandes scored a double for his nation. Many fans mocked Ronaldo for his reaction to claiming the goal, despite inconclusive replays.

 

Other fans defended Ronaldo for continuing his dream of breaking records. But FIFA, along with ball sponsor Adidas, have claimed they have proof of who scored. Using the microchip in the ball, which tracks data, FIFA claim Ronaldo did not get a touch on the cross as there was no spike to indicate contact.

 

“No external force on the ball could be measured as shown by the lack of ‘heartbeat‘ in our measurements,” a FIFA statement read. “The 500HZ IMU sensor inside the ball allows us to be highly accurate in our analysis.

 

Adidas added: “Technology inside the ball definitively shows there was no touch.” This all but ends the debate and leaves Ronaldo now two goals behind Mbappe, Gakpo and Rashford with all three of these goal scorers advancing into the knockout stages of the World Cup.

 

Fernandes himself admitted he was not sure if Ronaldo had touched the ball, though the superstar appeared to be claiming it. He insisted he did not care who was given the final credit for scoring. “I celebrated [the goal] as if it had been Cristiano’s goal. It seemed to me that he had touched the ball. My aim was to cross the ball for him,” he said. “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.”

 

In what will surely be Ronaldo’s last World Cup, the Portuguese forward is attempting to achieve two feats he is yet to accomplish in his decorated career. Those are to lift the World Cup and finish as the highest goal scorer of the competition.

 

However, Ronaldo sits two goals behind the leading goal scorers. While Ronaldo still have one more group stage game left, so does young French superstar Mbappe.

 

Source: https://au.sports.yahoo.com/fifa-world-cup-2022-cristiano-ronaldo-cops-huge-blow-bid-claim-goal-210806273.html

WORD BANK:

forward /ˈfɔː.wəd/ (n): tiền đạo

celebrate /ˈsel.ə.breɪt/ [B1] (v): ăn mừng

cross /krɒs/ (n, v): đường chuyền, chuyền bóng

midfielder /ˌmɪdˈfiːl.dər/ (n): tiền vệ

score from the spot (v): ghi bàn từ chấm 11m/chấm phạt đền

rule /ruːl/ (v): ra phán quyết

appear to do sth /əˈpɪər/ [B1] (v): dường như làm gì

rage on /reɪdʒ/ [B2] (v): xảy ra dữ dội

tally /ˈtæl.i/ (n): tổng

score a double (v): lập cú đúp

mock sb for sth /mɒk/ (v): chế giễu ai vì điều gì

inconclusive /ˌɪn.kəŋˈkluː.sɪv/ (adj): chưa đi tới hồi kết

sponsor /ˈspɒn.sər/ [B2] (n): nhà tài trợ

spike /spaɪk/ (n): mức tăng mạnh

indicate /ˈɪn.dɪ.keɪt/ [B2] (v): cho thấy

external force /ɪkˈstɜː.nəl fɔːs/ (n): ngoại lực

heartbeat /ˈhɑːt.biːt/ (n): ‘nhịp tim

measurement /ˈmeʒ.ə.mənt/ [C2] (n): phép đo

sensor /ˈsen.sər/ (n): cảm biến

accurate /ˈæk.jə.rət/ [B1] (adj): chính xác

analysis /əˈnæl.ə.sɪs/ [B2] (n): phân tích

definitively /dɪˈfɪn.ɪ.tɪv.li/ (adv): chắc chắn

knockout stage /ˈnɒk.aʊt steɪdʒ/ (n): vòng đấu loại trực tiếp

admit /ədˈmɪt/ [B1] (v): thừa nhận

insist /ɪnˈsɪst/ [B1] (v): khẳng định, khăng khăng

credit someone with something /ˈkred.ɪt/ (v): tin tưởng ai đã làm gì

attempt to do sth /əˈtempt/ [B1] (v): cố gắng làm gì

feat /fiːt/ [C2] (n): kỳ tích

accomplish /əˈkʌm.plɪʃ/ [C1] (v): đạt được

decorated /ˈdek.ə.reɪ.tɪd/ (adj): lẫy lừng


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