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Fernandes “Scored” Hours After Portugal Hammered Croatia

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06 Sep 2020
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Bruno Fernandes

“Majority thought Bruno had not scored, they were wrong”.  The Manchester United star celebrates his son’s birth after making a mad dash from Portugal’s win over Croatia.


The Portugal midfielder, Fernandes had to hurry across Porto on Saturday night after his wife Ana gave birth to their second child hours after he finished playing for Portugal against Croatia in the Nations League.

Fernandes, whose wife was staying in Porto due to his international commitments, revealed that an anti-doping test after the match delayed his mission to meet his wife.

The 25-year-old’s son, Goncalo was born shortly after 12:30 am on Sunday morning, hours after the Manchester United man completed Portugal’s victory at the Estadio de Dragao.

In an emotional Instagram post, Fernandes wrote, “September 6, 2020, when many thought at the end of the national team’s game that Bruno Fernandes had not scored a goal. They were wrong”.

“Today, 38 weeks and 6 days ago, I scored one of the most important goals of my life and had to wait for a distance of almost 9 months, anxious to see the ball hit the back of the net”.

“When the game was over, many of you said, “You didn’t score a goal”. But you were wrong because, despite the final whistle, one of the two shots I ever took in my career was about to go in. But not without the delegate calling me for anti-doping right after the game”.

“After those moments plus a few hours, behold, the ball went in. Or in this specific case, Goncalo de Pinho Fernandes decided it was time for his father to score the second important goal in his life”.

“And so, at 00:39 on the 6th of September, my wife, once again made our life gain even more life”.

Fernandes and his wife already have a three-year-old girl, Matilde who celebrated he third birthday on the same day the Portuguese midfielder joined Manchester United on January 31st.

Back to the pitch, Fernandes played the whole 90 minutes as Portugal hammered World Cup finalists Croatia to get their Nations League defense off to the perfect start.

Joao Cancelo gave Fernando Santo’s side a first-half lead while second-half efforts from Diogo Jota, Joao Felix and Andre Silva sealed the impressive win.

Bruno Petkovic scored a stoppage-time consolation for the Croatians, who were without talisman Luka Modric.


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