Portugal v Uruguay: Group H - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
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Wolves duo Neves and Nunes praise Bruno Fernandes following brace for Portugal

Wolves duo Ruben Neves and Matheus Nunes last night praised Bruno Fernandes following the midfielder’s brace for Portugal against Uruguay.

Fernando Santos’ side are into the knockout stages of the World Cup after a 2-0 win over Uruguay.

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Fernandes opened the scoring in the second-half, with his cross from the left side going all the way in.

It had initially appeared that Cristiano Ronaldo had got a touch. The 37-year-old wheeled away in celebration, but FIFA have officially given it to Fernandes.

The Manchester United playmaker then scored from the penalty spot, after Jose Gimenez was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box.

He did, but it was controversial in that the defender was breaking his fall by putting his hand on the ground. The ball then hit it.

It was a deserved win in the end for Portugal, who can now go into their last group stage match a bit more relaxed with qualification assured.

Neves put in a good shift in midfield, starting once again as the deep-lying playmaker.

And Nunes came on as a late substitute for his first minutes.

Fernandes was the standout player though for the Selecao, and the Wolves midfield duo have both commented on his latest Instagram post which he made after the game. Jose Sa, and unused substitute last night, also responded.

Fernandes wrote: “Excellent game from all of us and qualification guaranteed! Special moment I will remember forever scoring in this competition.”

Neves replied ‘Mase the hat-trick’ along with a laughing emoji, and Nunes said simply ‘Incredible’. Sa replied with ‘Craqueeeeee’, a term used to describe a top player.

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Bruno Fernandes the shining light for Portugal so far, Wolves stars must follow his example

It was a great performance last night from Fernandes, who has started the tournament really well for Portugal.

United’s £68 million signing was at the heartbeat of everything and the man making things happen in the midfield and attacking thirds.

He is setting the standard so far, and Neves and Nunes must seek to have a similar level of influence.

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Neves appears to be higher up the pecking order right now. But Nunes came on last night for his first minutes and looked good. He could see more action the deeper Portugal go in the competition and he must be ready.

Hopefully the two Wolves players can soon start to really shine in Qatar, just like their teammate.