After Lionel Messi’s exit from the World Cup, all eyes were on Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal. But, the same fate was awaiting the European champions, as they had to suffer a 1-2 defeat against Uruguay.
Uruguay vs Portugal – key events:
Uruguay XI: Fernando Muslera; Martin Caceres, Jose Gimenez, Diego Godin, Diego Laxalt; Nahitan Nandez (Carlos Sanchez, 81′), Lucas Torreira, Matias Vecino; Rodrigo Bentancur (Cristian Rodriguez, 63′); Edinson Cavani (Christian Stuani, 74′), Luis Suarez.
Portugal XI: Rui Patricio; Ricardo Pereira, Pepe, Jose Fonte, Raphael Guerreiro; Bernardo Silva, William Carvalho, Adrien Silva (Ricardo Quaresma, 65′), Joao Mario (Manuel Fernandes, 85′); Goncalo Guedes (Andre Silva, 74′), Cristiano Ronaldo.
Goal: Cavani 7′, Pepe 55′, Cavani 62′.
Yellow cards: Ronaldo 90’+3′.
Uruguay were the better attacking side in the first quarter of the game, and they were rewarded right away. From a fantastic link-up play between Suarez and Cavani, the latter was handed an opportunity inside the Portugal box. And the PSG striker made no mistake to guide his header into the goal. For the rest of the first half, end-to-end action kept the viewers glued to the match. However, neither side got a goal and the first half ended 1-0 in favour of the Latin Americans.
Fernando Santos made a tactical move in the beginning of the first half. Bernardo Silva was slotted in behind Ronaldo while Mario moved to the right. And this change paid them after ten minutes of the restart. From a nice attack, Portugal got a corner, and that setpiece was converted successfully by Pepe. The joy however was short, as Cavani restored the lead once again, this time with a curling right-footed strike.
Eventually, after all the efforts from Ronaldo and co, they have to bow out to a much superior defense. Godin led from the front to hold the fort successfully, and the final scoreline remained 2-1 in favour of Uruguay. In the quarter final, they will face France who earlier demolished Argentina in the Round of sixteen encounter.