Published: Sun, July 01, 2018
Life&Culture | By Peggy Hughes

Uruguay 2-1 Portugal

Uruguay 2-1 Portugal

Uruguay entered the game as the only team in the tournament not to have conceded, and parked the metaphorical bus after their early goal, and ensured they went into the break 1-0 ahead.

Few players embody that determination like the Atletico defender, whose club have so boldly gone toe-to-toe with richer neighbours Real and their world class striker Ronaldo. Cavani restores Uruguay's lead with a attractive strike. Lucas Torreira with the delivery, but no shot on-target from it. Suarez tried a similar effort to the free-kick he scored against Russian Federation - and nearly pulled it off again. The Uruguayans had gone 598 minutes since November 2017 without allowing a goal.

Portugal coach Fernando Santos threw up his hands in disgust, realising that coming from behind a second time against this Uruguay defence was going to be a tall order. It has been like that for the whole of 2018. "All great players are always very important to their teams".

Instead, Tabarez knows that the best way to nullify Ronaldo and heighten Uruguay's chances of reaching a World Cup semi-final, his side "will have to work collectively in order to try to limit the effect that he can have".

"We will defend him with the same respect that we defend others", he told a news conference. In midfield, they have one who plays for Juventus and one for Inter.

Goalkeepers: Martin Campana (Independiente), Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray), Martin Silva (Vasco da Gama). The Paris Saint-Germain marksman, who now has three goals to his name this tournament, also showcased his usual selfless running and pressing before being forced off with injury.

Uruguay form: Uruguay qualified from the group phase with an unblemished record and are hoping to carry that momentum into the latter stages.

Ronaldo was perhaps guilty of taking too much on himself, neglecting his supporting cast not in an attempt to grab the limelight, but rather the game by the scruff of the neck.

Uruguay had not conceded in any of their six matches in 2018 but almost 10 hours of resistance came to an end courtesy of a simple set-piece move in the 55th minute.

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.

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