PORTUGAL enters their match with Uruguay confident that a victory will ensure their place in the knockouts.
Cristiano Ronaldo was able to save his team from a last-minute scare and win 3-2 over Ghana.
After Uruguay’s goalless draw against South Korea in the Group H opener, that was when they decided to strike a 2-2 tie.
These two teams have met only once, it being at Russia’s last World Cup.
That night belonged to Uruguay, as Edinson Cavani’s double sealed their spot in the quarter-final and sent Portugal packing.
Ronaldo is a free agent and has the potential to be the next World Cup scorer after he scored against Ghana.
Fernando Santos, the boss of Fernando Santos’s team has some injury concerns so he is certain that another veteran will join him in his starting XI.
Danilo is currently missing due to broken ribs and Defender Pepe, 39 will fill in for him at the back.
He will be tasked with trying to stop Uruguay’s attack, who are searching for their first goal of the tournament.
The South Americans have no new injury issues and are likely to start with the same side, although they could mix it up and put the experienced Cavani in to test Pepe’s ageing legs.
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Otavio, Porto’s midfielder is out due to a thigh problem against Ghana.
You might be surprised by his surprise and even make the most of it.
If he doesn’t, William Carvalho will likely come in.
Rafael Leao may also be nominated for Portugal, after scoring against Ghana off the bench. However, he will likely again be among the substitutes with Bruno Fernandes supporting Ronaldo.
You will be able to keep up with all of the match action with Sun Sport’s live blog from Portugal’s vs Uruguay.