FPJ's dream XI predictions for Uruguay vs Portugal

FPJ's dream XI predictions for Uruguay vs Portugal

Uruguay, on the other hand, are threatening on the counter.

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.

Coach Oscar Tabarez spoke ahead of the game about his team's togetherness and deep-rooted unity, with many of his players having first emerged during Uruguay's 2011 Copa America triumph, and their club mentality was on show against Portugal.

16 minute: Portugal's Goncalo Guedes attempts a shot from distance but his shot gets blocked by Uruguay defenders.

"The truth is, it was really exciting", Cavani said.

"It's very exciting. I have no words to describe this", he told A Bola. Ricardo Quaresma replaces Adrien Silva.

But by defeating the reigning European champions, the two-time World Cup winners will face France in Nizhny Novgorod on Friday with hopes of making it to the semifinals and keeping alive the prospect of an all-South American clash in the final.

That doesn't sound like a player who is ready to give up on what has been a life-long World Cup dream and Ronaldo insisted he has enjoyed Russian Federation 2018 despite the outcome for his team.

And just like that, he joined Messi in heading out of Russian Federation and out of the World Cup.

Earlier in the day, France beat Argentina 4-3 and sent Lionel Messi and his squad packing.

Uruguay are yet to concede a goal in Russian Federation.

Brazilian fans staged a funeral procession for the German national team
Germany , the winners of the last World Cup in 2014, opened up their campaign in Russian Federation with a narrow 1-0 defeat to Mexico .

"Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best strikers in the world", Tabarez said.

Ronaldo was lifted. Portugal grew.

Parity was to last just seven minutes, however, as Cavani soon returned to haunt the Portuguese defence with his second of the night in the 62nd minute.

EARLY GOAL It was a five-pass build-up from deep in its own end that culminated in Uruguay's first goal, and the final two passes were ideal. And up front they boast two of the greatest goal-scorers of their generation in Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani.

Suarez and Cavani combined brilliantly for the seventh-minute opener on Russia's Black Sea coast.

After huffing and puffing his way through the opening two group matches, Uruguay's talisman Edinson Cavani has finally arrived at the party, and in some style.

Hopefully that game has set the tone for the remainder of the knockout games. KEYS TO THE GAME Stopping Ronaldo.

Ronaldo had company everywhere he went on the field and Portugal's supporting cast was unable to provide enough help.

It was not Uruguay's finest performance, but the result is what counts for La Celeste.

2 minute: Free-kick to Portugal after Pepe goes down in a challenge from Cavani.

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