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Highlights, Uruguay vs Portugal, FIFA World Cup 2018, Round of 16 in Sochi: Uruguay set up QF clash with France

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Highlights, Uruguay vs Portugal, FIFA World Cup 2018, Round of 16 in Sochi: Uruguay set up QF clash with France

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July 01, 2018 - 01:54 (IST)

What a day of football! 

Ten goals scored and two deserving teams progressed to the quarter-finals. Though, it came at the cost of two GOATs. Both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are out of the tournament and we never know if we will ever see them in a World Cup. 

The day belongs to France and Uruguay. They will face each other in quarters. That will be some game. 

We will be back again for tomorrow's Round of 16 matches. See you and have a good day! 

July 01, 2018 - 01:43 (IST)

URU 2-1 POR

Uruguay will now face France in the quarter-finals, who earlier dominated Argentina and that should be another cracker of a game between two attacks which are on song.

July 01, 2018 - 01:41 (IST)

URU 2-1 POR

Portugal had been struggling even in the group stage and tonight's midfield debacle of the European champions were foreshadowed against Morocco and Iran. Combined with Ronaldo's inability to exert his influence as a sea of blue shirts outnumbered him in Portugal's attacking third, this is one of the weakest performance Fernando Santos' side has displayed in recent years.

July 01, 2018 - 01:41 (IST)

Sadly

July 01, 2018 - 01:36 (IST)

 URU 2-1 POR

Uruguay were incredible all around and have continued their unbeaten record which is in place since March of 2017. On a day when both Messi and Ronaldo are eliminated from the competition, the emphasis is certainly on team cohesion, for a determined yet understated display from eleven always trumps over individual brilliance.

July 01, 2018 - 01:32 (IST)

Proper goalfest! 

July 01, 2018 - 01:30 (IST)

Tragedy for GOATs

July 01, 2018 - 01:27 (IST)

Full-time! URU 2-1 POR

Some late drama as Rui Patricio comes up for a corner and connects. There are appeals for a handball but the referee as well as the VAR disagree and Uruguay hang on somehow to get past the line. Cristiano Ronaldo looks devastated while Edinson Cavani is ecstatic.

July 01, 2018 - 01:26 (IST)

Full-time! URU 2-1 POR

It's all over!
 
Uruguay clinch the match thanks to Cavani's brace. They will France in the quarter-finals. First Messi and now Ronaldo. Crushing defeat to Portugal. 

July 01, 2018 - 01:24 (IST)

90+4' URU 2-1 POR

We are well into stoppage time here in Sochi and another chance goes begging for Portugal. The Selecaos had won the header off a cross, but nobody was available to bury the layoff.

Quaresma goes into the referee's ledger for trying to invent a free-kick.

Superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez will go toe-to-toe when Uruguay and Portugal lock horns in the Round of 16 of the FIFA World Cup at the Fisht Stadium on Saturday.

The marquee match will see two teams who repeatedly punch above their weight looking up to their celebrated talismen to deliver the goods and keep the entire bunch together using their reservoir of experience.

Highlights Uruguay vs Portugal FIFA World Cup 2018 Round of 16 in Sochi Uruguay set up QF clash with France

Edinson Cavani celebrates after scoring for Uruguay against Portugal. AP/Andre Penner

Portugal's Ronaldo has scored 85 goals in 153 appearances and looks in inspiring form, the last group game where he missed a penalty and was involved in a VAR-influenced decision getting away with a yellow card after pulling down an Iran defender.

At the other end is Suarez with 53 goals from 101 games but numerous controversies behind him including a nine-game international ban for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini four years ago.

Portugal qualified for the last-16 after an unconvincing group stage in which they tried to repeat the "solid defence and pace-on-the-break" strategy that won them the 2016 European Championships.

A narrow victory against Morocco was their only win in their first three matches and they will have to improve against Uruguay, who are unlikely to allow spaces behind their defence.

Portugal's shrewd tactician Fernando Santos would not be too concerned about their draws against Spain and Iran en route to the Round of 16 as he is known to be happy with the tag of ugly ducklings.

Santos, 63, is at his second World Cup, having led Greece to the last 16 four years ago.

In attack, Ronaldo will need the support of Goncalo Guedes, Ricardo Quaresma and Andre Silva in attack, while Jose Fonte and Pepe will be at the central defence in front of goalkeeper Rui Patricio. William Carvalho, Jao Mario and Adrien Silva are expected to feature in midfield.

Coming to Uruguay, before their 3-0 win over Russia, the talk in the Uruguayan press was that the side may have beaten Egypt 1-0 and Saudi Arabia 1-0 but they were hardly very impressive.

Uruguay may have looked disjointed going forward, but they were imposing in defence and hardly gave their rivals a chance in their first two games. Suarez, along with Edinson Cavani will threaten the Portuguese defence.

Uruguay have yet to concede a goal in Russia, although going forward they have relied mainly on set pieces to score their goals.

Veteran coach Oscar Tabarez is at his third World Cup in his current stint with Uruguay.

Like Santos, the 71-year-old, has also won a continental title, the Copa America in 2011.

Uruguay, going by their form in the group stages, will have the edge over Portugal. But if Ronaldo is in full tilt, the charismatic Real Madrid forward can take the game away from his opponents and take Portugal to their second quarter-final.

To stop Ronaldo, Uruguayan central defensive partnership of Diego Godin and Jose Maria Gimenez, who is set to comeback after missing the third match due to a thigh injury, need to be at their best.

Martin Caceres and Diego Laxalt are expected to be full-backs and the midfield will see Rodrigo Bentancur and Matias Vecino starting.

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