World Cup 2018: Uruguay v Portugal

A storm is brewing in Sochi as Diego Godin's dogs of war face Cristiano Ronaldo's European champions

Patrick Madden Sat, Jun 30
 
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  • Good evening!

    Welcome to our coverage of Portugal's clash with Uruguay in Sochi (kick-off 7.0pm).

    This fixture is without a doubt one of the most eye-catching of the last-16 - bringing together some outstanding forwards with some pretty uncompromising defenders.

    After Cristiano Ronaldo's opening game heroics against Spain Portugal ultimately ended up limping into the knockout rounds, with VAR robbing them of top spot in Group B and nearly seeing them falling at the first hurdle.

    However, Fernando Santos's side are built for these type of nights - their run to European Championship glory was a run of taught, tense but ultimately successful arm wrestles.

    Uruguay meanwhile have got stronger as the tournament has progressed. They ground their way past Saudi Arabia and Egypt before proving too strong for Russia - their campaign built on the steely defence of Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez.

    It is unlikely this is going to be pretty - but you can guarantee it will be enthralling. Expect war.

    We'll be bringing you all of the action, as these two sides bid for a quarter-final date with France.

    Come on!!!

  • TEAM NEWS:

    Uruguay: Muslera; Caceres, Gimenez, Godin, Laxalt; Nandez, Torreira, Bentancur, Vecino; Suarez, Cavani.

    Portugal: Rui Patricio; Ricardo, Pepe, Fonte, Guerreiro; Joao Mario, Carvalho, Adrien Silva, Bernardo Silva; Ronaldo, Guedes.

  • There can't be many more enticing match-ups than Cristiano Ronaldo v Diego Godin. A battle which is likely to decide this tie.
  • Just one change for Uruguay tonight - the brilliant Gimenez returns to the starting XI in place of Sebastian Coates.

    Santos meanwhile makes three changes - with Ricardo Quaresma making way for Bernado Silva despite his stunning goal in the 1-1 draw with Iran.  

  • Emmet Malone was our man in Kazan as a Kylian Mbappe-inspired France beat Argentina 4-3 to progress to the quarter-finals. You can read his report HERE.
  • At the other end of the pitch, Luis Suarez up against Pepe should be. . . interesting.
  • The teams are in the tunnel in Sochi.
  • And here they come. Portugal decked out all in white, Uruguay in their laser blue shirts and black shorts.
  • If Ronaldo picks up a booking tonight he would miss the quarter-finals, should Portugal qualify.
  • Right then, strap yourselves in.

    BEEEEEEEEEEEEP!

  • 1 min: First touch for Suarez on the edge, he's well tackled by Fonte. Mario tries to release Guedes but the pass isn't quite right.
  • 2 min: First touch for Ronaldo and he chops back inside, beating two men to the ball. Portugal work it down the left and Mario crosses deep towards Bernardo Silva, who can't keep his header down.
  • 4 min: Neat play from Uruguay down the right and Fonte turns Nandez's cross behind for a corner. Pepe has picked up Godin - excellent. Well defended by Portugal - Ronaldo fouled by Torreira as he looks to break.
  • 5 min: Good build-up play from Portugal. Ronaldo works it wide to Bernardo Silva then takes the return ball and shoots first time - sending it down the throat of Muslera. He looks sharp.
  • GOOOOOOAAAAALLLLL!!!!

    URUGUAY 1 PORTUGAL 0 (CAVANI 7 MIN)

  • Excellent switch from Cavani to Suarez on the left. He checks back inside and curls one towards the back post where Cavani has made the run and finds the net with a bullet header. Replays show it came off his face/shoulder. Great start for the south Americans.

    9 MIN: URUGUAY 1 PORTUGAL 0

  • 10 min: Expect a miserly shutdown job from Uruguay now. Neat play from Bernardo Silva on the right and Portugal have a corner. They work it short and it's swung to Fonte at the back post - he sends his header across the six-yard box and out, with nobody following in.
  • 12 min: Ronaldo cuts inside and can't resist pulling the trigger - he thrashes it so hard at Torreira the ball rebounds towards Suarez in the Portugese final third and leaves the midfielder in a heap.
  • 14 min: Portugal give the ball away and Cavani finds Suarez in the box, he tries to stand Fonte up and chip it to the back post but it's well defended. Portugal are struggling to get out here.
  • 16 min: Sustained possession for Portugal on the edge of the final third - Uruguay are sitting in and proving very difficult to break down, the Portugese resorting to hopeful crosses.
  • 19 min: Uruguay are sitting in with two banks of four and looking to break through Cavani and Suarez - Portugal will have to be patient.  
  • 20 MIN: URUGUAY 1 PORTUGAL 0
  • 21 min: Slick break from Uruguay - Fonte adjudged to have shunted Suarez over. Dangerous free-kick - probably 30-yards out in the middle of the D.

    Suarez to take. . . he goes low and Rui Patricio does well to turn it away.

  • 23 min: Goalscorer Cavani is running the show for Uruguay at the moment, dropping deep and linking the play. Portugal looking blunt going forward.
  • 25 min: Good run from Bernardo Silva down the right and he's fouled by Godin. Mario's delivery towards the back post misses everyone.
  • 28 min: Ronaldo having to drop deeper and deeper for the ball. Portugal seeing plenty of the ball but they're too narrow - they need to try and get on the outside of Uruguay.
  • 30 MIN: URUGUAY 1 PORTUGAL 0
  • 31 min: Sharp ball from Guerreiro to Guedes on the edge and he's dumped over by Bentancur.

    Free-kick in prime Ronaldo territory - but he hits the wall.

  • 34 min: There have been some pretty spectacular goals at this World Cup and it's hard not to escape the feeling Portugal are going to need to produced another piece of magic here.
  • 38 min: More patient build-up from Portugal but the move ends with Guedes looping a harmless header at the near post, and getting a whack from Godin in the process.
  • 40 MIN: URUGUAY 1 PORTUGAL 0
  • 42 min: It's very scrappy at the moment. Half time will be welcome for both sides. Suarez wails and falls down holding his head after an aerial challenge with Guerreiro - he got an arm in the shoulder at most. His histrionics get the short shrift they deserve.
  • 46 min: Portugal have a corner but work it short and waste it. Surprisingly, Suarez is now back on his feet and charging around.  
  • HT: URUGUAY 1 PORTUGAL 0
  • Uruguay have created one half chance which was excellently taken and Portugal have got a mountain to climb.
  • A huddle for Portugal before they come back onto the pitch, followed by Uruguay shortly after.

    The next 45 minutes will be a battle.

  • We're back underway!
  • 47 min: Portugal build the play before Mario crosses and Godin clears with a booming header. Expect to see plenty more of that.
  • 50 MIN: URUGUAY 1 PORTUGAL 0
  • 50 min: If you were expecting Portugal to come flying out of the blocks after half-time then you'll be disappointed. They'll get a chance, though - just need to make sure they take it.
  • 51 min: Bernardo Silva takes a Portugese corner from the left - can't beat the first man. The ball then sits up nicely for Guerreiro - he can't keep his half volley down.
  • 52 min: For a second it looks like Ronaldo is onto a long ball but Godin gets there ahead of him.
  • GOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!!

    URUGUAY 1 PORTUGAL 1 (PEPE 55 MIN)

  • Good work from Bernardo Silva and he works it into the box, Mario flicks it on to Ronaldo who lays it off to Adrien Silva - his shot is deflected behind for a corner. Great set piece delivery and Pepe is there to thunder a header into the bottom left corner. Game on.

    56 MIN: URUGUAY 1 PORTUGAL 1

  • 59 min: Portugal enjoying the majority of possession now. Uruguay try to break through Suarez but Carvalho is having none of it and runs him off the ball easily.
  • 60 MIN: URUGUAY 1 PORTUGAL 1
  • GOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!!!

    URUGUAY 2 PORTUGAL 1 (CAVANI 62 MIN)

  • Another stunning strike. The ball is pumped long by Uruguay and headed down. It's played to Cavani in the inside left channel and he opens his body up, curling one first time into the far corner. That's the first glimpse they've had since the opener.  

    63 MIN: URUGUAY 2 PORTUGAL 1

  • 64 min: Bernardo Silva has been Portugal's best outlet down the right and he dinks a ball into the box towards Ronaldo - Torreira hacking it clear. Ricardo Quaresma is coming on for Adrien Silva, who hasn't really done much.
  • 66 min: Quaresma crosses with his instep for once and wins a corner on the right which is just fractions above Ronaldo - Portugal keeping Uruguay penned in but unable to forge a chance just yet.
  • 69 min: Tenacious work from Quaresma on the right and it's worked across the box. The ball is played in and Muslera comes charging out for it and spills a simple cross - Bernardo Silva can't keep the rebound down. Cavani is in trouble - Ronaldo helps him off the pitch and he signals to the bench.
  • 70 MIN: URUGUAY 2 PORTUGAL 1
  • 73 min: Portugal in possession on the edge of the Uruguay box but they're so narrow and it's so slow. Uruguay will sit in and defend like this all day.

    Andre Silva replaces Guedes - Stuani on for Cavani.

  • 75 min: Good play from Ricardo to make the space for the cross - but then he slips and sends it out for a goal kick. Portugal looking short of ideas.
  • 77 min: Quaresma with a corner from the right - again it's just a fraction too big Ronaldo. It comes to Guerreiro at the back post and he thrashes a first time effort miles over.
  • 78 min: Portugal need to inject a bit of pace and urgency into proceedings but they're running out of time to do so.
  • 79 min: Bernardo Silva scampers through to the byline - Gimenez clears away his low cross.
  • 80 MIN: URUGUAY 2 PORTUGAL 1
  • 81 min: Portugal scored direct from a corner, yet they keep persisting with short ones now - brainless.
  • 83 min: Godin has a rare foray forward but Uruguay lose the ball. Portugal break - two consecutive crosses bring last-ditch clearances.
  • 84 min: Godin snuffs Ricardo out on the Portugese right and the ball runs out for a goal kick. You're never getting past him like that.
  • 85 min: Fernandes is on for Portugal and he tries one from distance which is gobbled up by Muslera.
  • 86 min: Good deep cross from Quaresma towards Guerreiro at the back post and he turns it into the area where it's easily cleared. Fernandes then wastes possession with a wild effort.
  • 88 min: A brief glimpse for Ronaldo on the edge but his effort is blocked. They need one chance.
  • 90 min: Ronaldo tries to force it himself, cutting inside and skewing a shot miles wide.  

    Four minutes injury time.

  • 91 min: A great ball in from Bernardo Silva but yet again it falls nicely for Uruguay in the box.
  • 92 min: The World Cup is about to lose Ronaldo and Messi on the same day.
  • 93 min: Quaresma skips past his man on on the right and is fouled but doesn't get the free-kick - Ronaldo doesn't like it and earns a booking.  
  • 94 min: Late chance for Portugal - Guerreiro crosses and Quaresma shoots at Muslera who turns it behind for a corner. Rui Patricio is up for it... Uruguay clear.
  • FT: URUGUAY 2 PORTUGAL 1

    URUGUAY WILL PLAY FRANCE IN THE WORLD CUP QUARTER-FINALS!

  • Uruguay will face France in Nizhny Novgorod at 3.0pm on Friday. Ken Early will be there for the Irish Times.

    We'll be back tomorrow to bring you Spain against hosts Russia, followed by Croatia against Denmark.

    Cya!