Second 8th in the final of this World Cup. France would know who from Uruguay or Portugal would challenge her in the next round. The poster seemed particularly indecisive before the kickoff. Celeste has not really impressed since the start of the competition but her lights are green as she is getting stronger since the match against Russia. Oscar Tabarez lined up the same 4-4-2 with the only Gimenez who replaced Coates. The Cavani-Suarez duo started in front with Bentencur in support. Opposite, Fernando Santos was also sending his favorite 4-4-2. Former Frenchman Ricardo Pereira was preferred to Cedric in the right-back position. Guerreiro and William Carvalho began the match well despite some physical problems. Adrien Silva took Moutinho’s place and it was Guedes who made the association with Ronaldo in point.
It started at a good pace with opportunities on both sides. Portugal already got two situations with this Head of Bernardo Silva out of the frame (3rd) and a powerful shot from Ronaldo who found the arms of Muslera (6th). Celeste replied and, as often, she didn’t need much to put a ball at the bottom. Cavani was picking up the ball at 40 meters on the right side, sending a diagonal cross loin to Suarez. The latter moved into the axis and found a Cavani present at the second post to catapult his head (1-0, 7′). A model of purpose. Led to the score, the Seleçao das Quinas often occupied the opposing side but struggled to develop its game. She often ran up against the Uruguayan defensive block, which had been as strong since the start of the competition.
Cavani tames Portugal but is injured
Uruguay tried little but often hurt. Suarez got a very good free kick in front of the surface that forced Rui Patricio to relax on his left (22′). There was also this last cover of Cavani who was running away from the frame (45 ‘ +1) but overall, Portugal could not do it. Even Ronaldo, suffocated, tried to unzonize in order to find solutions. He had only one opportunity but his free-kick ended up in the wall (32′). The Lusitanians were really not at their best in this match and had to do better in the second half. The walls probably trembled because they came back with other intentions. They were much more mobile around the surface. Guerreiro offered himself a first opportunity with this shot above the goal (52′). The former Lorientese was finally decisive by placing a perfect centre on Pepe’s skull, which equalized (1-1, 55′).
The European champion came back strong in this match and gained a psychological ascendant. However, Albiceleste often finds unsuspected resources. Hardly touched by this equalisation, the Uruguayans took back the advantage. Bentancur managed to shift Cavani to the entrance of the surface on the left side, which started from the inside of the foot in the first intention. The Parisian made a second hit (2-1, 65′). The striker, however, did not experience the end of the match on the pitch as he was injured and gave way to Stuani (75′). Portugal had no choice but to attack. Bernardo Silva could not take advantage of Muslera’s (70′) hand and Guerreiro failed again (78′). Manuel Fernandes (87’) didn’t do any better than Ronaldo, whose last shot ended up very far away (90 ‘ +1). Uruguay eliminated Portugal 2-1 and joined France in the quarter-finals.