Portugal VS Uruguay FIFA LIVE Football Score 28/11/2022
Uruguay midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur says the two-time former champions are relishing their status as underdogs as they prepare to face Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal at the World Cup on Monday. If that comment on Sunday reflected quiet confidence, there is a reason for it. Four years ago, an Edinson Cavani brace helped the South Americans stun the then-European champions 2-1 in the last 16 of the World Cup. Portugal were the favourites ahead of that game too. And following their drab 0-0 draw with South Korea on Thursday, La Celeste – as Uruguay are known – are once again looking forward to trying to overturn the odds in their Group H clash.
“We respect everyone, but the less you know about Uruguay the better it turns out for us,” said Tottenham player Bentancur. “It’s better not to attract attention, to be humble, respect our opponents, and play all the same. Indeed, much attention will be focused on Portugal’s impressive array of attacking talent that includes João Félix, Rafael Leão, Bruno Fernandes and Bernardo Silva, as well as Ronaldo. The Portugal talisman’s goal against Ghana made him the first player to have scored in five World Cups.
In veteran centre-back Pepe, 39, Portugal have one of the most experienced players in the tournament. Coach Fernando Santos said Pepe would play on Monday, which would make him the second-oldest outfield player ever to appear in a World Cup match, after Cameroon great Roger Milla.
He has really kicked on this season, scoring more goals in 20 matches than in his previous 148 games for the club across four campaigns. “He’s still the same lad, humble, a companion, always participating very naturally,” said Uruguay coach Diego Alonso. “His performance is stupendous, extraordinary, we’re very happy to have him.” The Portuguese will qualify for the second round if they beat Uruguay. But if Uruguay win, they will leapfrog Ronaldo’s side in the points table, and bolster their own chances of qualifying for the Round of 16. If that happens, they won’t be underdogs any more.
Tonight, Portugal and Uruguay go head-to-head in the last of the matchday 2 fixtures and we’re expecting a tight and tense 90-minutes between the pair. Uruguay really need a win and certainly can’t afford to lose this game while Portugal would probably be happy to take a point. We’ve backed this game to end in a draw even though Portugal claimed a win in their first game. All of Portugal’s goals against Ghana came on the count-attack and we expect Uruguay to be much more solid in defence. Uruguay struggled in the final third against South Korea but did hit the woodwork twice, so we could see both teams scoring in this game and the result ending in a draw, especially since both teams will likely be pleased by not losing this match.
Since we can see this game ending without a winner, we can also see Portugal and Uruguay being tied at halftime, as is often the case for matches that end in a draw. Also, a lot of the games at the World Cup in Qatar have gone in at the half-time break with both teams level, and we’re expecting this game to follow suit. This is a match between two very evenly matched sides and we can see Portugal and Uruguay canceling each other out and the pair going in goalless at the break as both will be worried about losing this match.
The Portuguese got the win they wanted against Ghana in their first group game but will be worried about the way they conceded their goals. There can be no doubt about it, Portugal need to tighten things up at the back ahead of the Uruguay game or else Suarez and Nunez will have a field day against them. Ronaldo and co looked sharp on the counter-attack against Ghana but probably won’t be gifted the ball in the heart of the midfield when they take on Uruguay.
We feel that Uruguay fans will be disappointed not to have won the game against South Korea, especially after their team hit the post twice during the 90-minutes. South Korea clearly had a game plan against them, which involved being very disciplined and making the most of the ball on the counter-attack. Uruguay dealt well with most of what South Korea had to through at them but were also very wasteful in front of goal and lacked that final pass and finish to get the win.
Portugal could seal their spot in the World Cup last-16 with a win over Uruguay this evening. As has been the case since their Euro 2016 triumph, Fernando Santos’ side haven’t proven convincing and were even somewhat fortunate to come through their opening Group H tussle with Ghana with all three points. Uruguay, meanwhile, were hardly the most expansive outfit during their draw with South Korea but certainly have the quality in attack capable of hurting Portugal.
Here’s everything you need to know about tonight’s game. Portugal are ready to unleash 39-year-old Pepe against Uruguay. Head coach Fernando Santos described Pepe as a “monster” ahead of the Group F clash and he is set for an intriguing head-to-head battle with Luis Suarez. Portugal are expected to be without Danilo Pereira for the rest of the World Cup after the Paris Saint-Germain star fractured his ribs in training.