Portugal secured their place within the final 16 of the World Cup with victory over Uruguay in a scrappy encounter at Lusail Stadium.
A sport quick on actual high quality noticed the impasse damaged within the 54th minute when a cross from Bruno Fernandes floated past Uruguay keeper Sergio Rochet, the aim given to Manchester United’s midfield man regardless of Cristiano Ronaldo claiming it had glanced off his head.
Portugal made many of the working till they went forward however Uruguay, who should now beat Ghana of their remaining Group H sport to have an opportunity of qualifying, created possibilities of their very own and will have taken some extent.
Rodrigo Bentancur’s good first-half run was halted by Portugal keeper Diogo Costa’s save, whereas substitute Maxi Gomez hit the publish as Uruguay went searching for an equaliser.
Portugal wrapped up the win in stoppage time when Fernandes received his second from the spot after a video assistant referee intervention which adjudged Jose Gimenez had dealt with.
Fernandes virtually received his hat-trick earlier than the ultimate whistle however noticed a low shot strike the publish.
The sport was interrupted within the second half by a pitch invader carrying a rainbow flag and carrying a t-shirt emblazoned with the phrases ‘Save Ukraine’ on the entrance and ‘Respect for Iranian girl’ on the again.
Portugal transfer by with ‘quiet confidence’
Portugal have reached the final 16 with effectivity and can current a formidable impediment to whoever they arrive up in opposition to as a result of they’ve power in all areas.
It was unspectacular however Portugal possess match-winners, Fernandes getting into the position on this event with each objectives and that strike in opposition to the publish that nearly gave him a treble.
Ronaldo was quiet, though he was nonetheless insisting he had scored the opener in some good-natured post-match celebrations. He could have left Manchester United beneath a cloud however his standing amongst Portugal’s followers stays undimmed as he obtained large cheers when his face appeared on the massive display earlier than kick-off and a standing ovation when substituted late on.
Portugal can name on the standard of Manchester City trio Ruben Dias, Joao Cancelo in defence and Bernardo Silva in midfield whereas the ageless Pepe continues because the defensive rock.
They haven’t been talked about among the many closely touted international locations for this World Cup however there may be real class and high quality allied to a quiet confidence as they undergo to the knockout section.
Uruguay on the brink
Uruguay possess hazard males in assault within the form of Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez together with Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez, who was left on the bench after a poor present in opposition to South Korea.
The downside is that they had been underutilised right here as Uruguay had been completely satisfied to undertake a largely conservative method till they went a aim behind. Now they’re in critical hazard of World Cup elimination.
Portugal want some extent in opposition to South Korea to prime the group whereas Uruguay require victory in opposition to Ghana and to higher the South Koreans’ outcome to get by. It is a sport of brinksmanship that will but show very expensive in that tense remaining group sport.
The Uruguayans have an ageing strike pressure in Cavani and Suarez, each 35, whereas 23-year-old Nunez continues to be attempting to discover his toes at this degree and was additionally starved of first rate service.
Uruguay have class in midfield with Federico Valverde whereas Tottenham’s Bentancur was a driving pressure however they’re workforce that may often go away you wanting extra.
This was one such event and now they’ve to produce their finest in opposition to Ghana and hope the opposite outcome falls of their favour to stop a disappointing early departure from Qatar.
- 22Diogo Costa
- 4Rúben DiasBooked at 89mins
- 19Nuno MendesSubstituted forGuerreiroat 42′minutes
- 18NevesBooked at 38minsSubstituted forRafael Leãoat 69′minutes
- 10Bernardo Silva
- 14William CarvalhoSubstituted forJoão Palhinhaat 83′minutes
- 8Bruno Fernandes
- 11João FélixBooked at 77minsSubstituted forNunesat 82′minutes
- 7Cristiano RonaldoSubstituted forGonçalo Ramosat 82′minutes
- 1Rui Patrício
- 6João Palhinha
- 9André Silva
- 15Rafael Leão
- 17João Mário
- 21Ricardo Horta
- 24António Silva
- 26Gonçalo Ramos
- 3GodínSubstituted forPellistriat 62′minutes
- 6BentancurBooked at 6mins
- 5VecinoSubstituted forde Arrascaetaat 62′minutes
- 16OliveraBooked at 44minsSubstituted forViñaat 86′minutes
- 11NúñezSubstituted forGómezat 72′minutes
- 21CavaniSubstituted forSuárezat 73′minutes
- 7de la Cruz
- 10de Arrascaeta
- Alireza Faghani
Match ends, Portugal 2, Uruguay 0.
Second Half ends, Portugal 2, Uruguay 0.
Pepe (Portugal) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Maximiliano Gómez (Uruguay).
Bruno Fernandes (Portugal) hits the left publish with a proper footed shot from outdoors the field. Assisted by João Palhinha.
Corner, Portugal. Conceded by Sergio Rochet.
Attempt saved. Bruno Fernandes (Portugal) proper footed shot from a tough angle on the suitable is saved within the backside proper nook. Assisted by Matheus Nunes.
Goal! Portugal 2, Uruguay 0. Bruno Fernandes (Portugal) converts the penalty with a proper footed shot to the underside left nook.
VAR Decision: Penalty Portugal.
Rúben Dias (Portugal) is proven the yellow card.
Penalty conceded by José Giménez (Uruguay) with a hand ball within the penalty space.
Foul by Gonçalo Ramos (Portugal).
Rodrigo Bentancur (Uruguay) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Federico Valverde (Uruguay) proper footed shot from outdoors the field is just too excessive. Assisted by Rodrigo Bentancur following a set piece state of affairs.
Foul by Rafael Leão (Portugal).
Facundo Pellistri (Uruguay) wins a free kick on the suitable wing.
Substitution, Uruguay. Matías Viña replaces Mathías Olivera.
Foul by João Cancelo (Portugal).
Luis Suárez (Uruguay) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by João Palhinha (Portugal).
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