Uruguay 2-1 Portugal

Portugal have been eliminated by Uruguay in the World Cup's Round of 16, courtesy of an Edinson Cavani brace in a 2-1 loss at the Fisht Stadium.

The European champions fell behind to Cavani's strike as early as the 7th minute, but Pepe's equaliser in the second half promised to provide a different kind of night for the Portuguese public.

Uruguay pulled ahead once more, however, this time in decisive fashion, as Cavani's match-winner in the 62nd minute moved his nation into the Quarter-finals at Portugal's expense.

The big news coming out of the Portuguese camp saw William Carvalho overcome fears of an injury to start the encounter, accompanied by the returns of Bernardo Silva, Gonçalo Guedes and a World Cup debut for Ricardo Pereira, meanwhile Uruguay welcomed back José Giménez into a defence that was yet to concede a goal throughout the tournament.

Despite a positive start from Portugal, La Celeste wouldn't take long to edge themselves ahead in the tie, as Luis Suarez spotted Edinson Cavani's ghosting run onto the back-post before the Paris Saint-Germain striker could find a way past Rui Patrício in the 7th minute with his head.

From one elite striker to another, Suarez was next to try his luck against Patrício with a low free-kick in the 21st minute, but the ex-Sporting man was able to move his feet quickly and reach the effort with the palm of his hands.

Portugal, in response, were unable to make any inroads at the opposing end, as Uruguay stood strong to frustrate Fernando Santos' men and hold onto their 1-0 lead going into the interval.

The complexion of the game changed soon after the restart, however, as a quick corner and delivery from Raphaël Guerreiro was dropped into the box for Pepe to equalise in the 55th minute, lurking behind the man-marked Cristiano Ronaldo.

But Uruguay's reply was big, initiated by Rodrigo Bentancur's pass across to Cavani, with the 31-year-old striker relishing the opportunity to open up his body and bend in a second goal from the edge of the box, making it 2-1 for Óscar Tabárez's men.

Bernardo Silva had the chance to bring Portugal back level after Fernando Muslera struggled to keep a hold of Guerreiro's cross soon after, but the Manchester City starlet would snatch at his shot and fire over the bar, amidst complaints of a foul on the Galatasaray goalkeeper.

Late on, chances at either end from Cristian Rodriguez and Ricardo Quaresma threatened to alter the score, but 2-1 to Uruguay is how the tale would end, as Portugal's World Cup campaign drew to a close.

By Patrick Ribeiro

Uruguay: Fernando Muslera - Martín Cáceres, Diego Godin, José Giménez - Nahitan Nández (Carlos Sanchez, 80'), Lucas Torreira, Rodrigo Bentancur (Cristian Rodriguez, 63'), Matias Vecino, Diego Laxalt - Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani (Cristhian Stuani, 72')

Portugal: Rui Patrício - Ricardo Pereira, Pepe, José Fonte, Raphaël Guerreiro - Bernardo Silva, William Carvalho, Adrien Silva (Ricardo Quaresma, 65'), João Mário (Manuel Fernandes, 85') - Gonçalo Guedes (André Silva, 72'), Cristiano Ronaldo

Goals:

[1-0] - Edinson Cavani (7')

[1-1] - Pepe (55')

[2-1] - Edinson Cavani (65')

 

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Fernando Santos needs to go gracefully he did a good job in 2016 but this 2018 has been disappointing tactically he looks stubborn and not willing to use Portugal's attacking threat properly the defense was weak, Portugal need a new manager to...

Fernando Santos needs to go gracefully he did a good job in 2016 but this 2018 has been disappointing tactically he looks stubborn and not willing to use Portugal's attacking threat properly the defense was weak, Portugal need a new manager to build a new Portugal with the likes of Ronaldo, Pepe, Joao Mountino, Quaresma going realistically on the path to retirement and playing their last World Cup and even if Ronaldo goes to play the next World Cup he definitely won't be the same player at 37

Can't complain about the result

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Hard one to swallow, but it is what it is. I normally enjoy seeing variety in rotation and I love Ricardo Pereira but I wonder if today wasn’t the wrong day to start him.

Cedric may have shielded the back line better.

Credit where it’s due....

Hard one to swallow, but it is what it is. I normally enjoy seeing variety in rotation and I love Ricardo Pereira but I wonder if today wasn’t the wrong day to start him.

Cedric may have shielded the back line better.

Credit where it’s due. They were hungrier. They had a simple game plan and worked it perfectly. I cannot hate on that. And their goals were both magnificent.

If I were a neutral, I would have loved that game. But part of me is happy. Because I like Ronaldo, but I feel that he is a double edge sword. He is amazing but the team do not play like a team with him.

He is there to bail them out and it shows in the lack of hunger and drive of the rest of the team. Bernardo Silva, Goncalo Guedes, Andre Silva, Bruno Fernandes, Gelson Martins.

These guys combined are valued at somewhere around half a billion Euros. They are real deal stars in the making. Where were they this tournament? They didn’t show up.

Fernando Santos is also responsible. The squad were shaky in the group stages and he failed to get those cracks repaired in time. Ruben Neves and Rony Lopes should have been at this tournament.

Also, we all crapped on Bernardo this tournament but when played through the middle this game, he did very well. He may have been Portugal’s best today.

It’s a sad day but we are European Champions and I have faith that with continued development of coaching tactics and stars in Portugal, the World Cup will one day be ours.

Cheers.

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Questionable decision by Fernando Santos....Ricardo over Cedric....blame for 1 goal....Guerreiro was sleeping on the 1st goal

Realistically expected Rd16 or quarter-finals exit for Portugal....not the most talented team...+ young guys aren't...

Questionable decision by Fernando Santos....Ricardo over Cedric....blame for 1 goal....Guerreiro was sleeping on the 1st goal

Realistically expected Rd16 or quarter-finals exit for Portugal....not the most talented team...+ young guys aren't ready for the big stage (Guedes, Bruno Fernandes, Andre Silva, Gelson, Ricardo) it would be interesting interesting to see Manuel Fernandes earlier...liked how aggressive he was when he came on....

Hope Ronaldo+Pepe play for another Euro/World Cup....Moutinho/Fonte/Alves/Quaresma have been solid for Portugal all these years...

Joao Mario didn't bring anything to table....liked Adrian Silva/William Carvalho...

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It is what it is. Maybe if we topped the group we would have beaten Russia but we would struggle massively against Croatia. At the of the day, this team was never going to win. Too many players playing like sh*t and too many players playing out...

It is what it is. Maybe if we topped the group we would have beaten Russia but we would struggle massively against Croatia. At the of the day, this team was never going to win. Too many players playing like sh*t and too many players playing out of position. I do hope this isn’t the last time we see Ronaldo in a Portugal shirt. Him and Pepe still have one more tournament in them hopefully even if it’s just as subs. The rest of the old guard needs to go, Fonte, Alves, Moutinho, Beto, Quaresma, M.Fernandes. They’ve been loyal servants but their time is up to usher in fresh faces. It’s time to move on from Santos too. He will forever be in the history books for bringing us out first trophy but we need new ideas and to move away from his system which is hampering is now.

Oliveira,Vezo,Ié, Semedo, Neves, Bruma, Jota, Rony, this is the next generation

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That was so disappointing. After the grit and fight of getting the job done in the group stages to qualify for the knock rounds, what was needed now, especially against a team like Uruguay, was to become more expansive. The moment I saw the line...

That was so disappointing. After the grit and fight of getting the job done in the group stages to qualify for the knock rounds, what was needed now, especially against a team like Uruguay, was to become more expansive. The moment I saw the line up, the same old strange 4-4-2, with two inverted wingers and no pure number 9, I knew there could be trouble. No centre forward against a team like Uruguay? Really? The best defence at the tournament, and we don't start with a CF against them? Uruguay are kind of like the Atletico Madrid of international football, super defensive, close all the spaces all over the pitch and take the few scoring chances that come their way. This was just the match for Portugal to be more expansive, play with two proper strikers (Ronaldo and Andre Silva who were such an emphatic partnership in the qualifiers), to have the best chance of getting through that mean defence. What does Santos do instead? Continues with Guedes as a "striker", which just didn't work in the group stages, and hope that Ronaldo will do it all himself again like against Spain. Then he finally decides to bring on Andre Silva in the 75th minute, rather late no? We finally have a striker who scores goals, 9 in the qualifiers, and Santos decides to leave him on the bench for most of our tournament. Baffling!

The Ricardo Pereira surprise inclusion backfired badly too. He offered nothing in attack and should have done much better defensively with both Uruguay goals. Cedric plays every minute of the tournament thus far and then is dropped for the most important match? Nelson Semedo should have been in the squad ahead of Ricardo, without any shadow of a doubt. He's by miles our best right back and could have brought us some real width and energy down the flanks that we missed in this tournament, especially with this inverted wingers story. Also where was Moutinho today? Wouldn't his vast experience have been useful against a team like Uruguay?

To me Santos takes the blame for our disappointing tournament. His squad selection wasn't the best to start off with (he should've brought Nani too, who is a genuine goal threat with a great long range shot, who could've been useful off the bench in a match like this) and then some of his decisions in the tournament were just clearly not the right ones. He seemed to not have the guts to really leave his comfort zone tactics from the Euros, and to really try and play expansive football. We have the players to play expansive football, but we just didn't see it. Even today against Uruguay, with his dodgy line up, it was clear that we are better than them in terms of dominating the play and possesion of the ball. I'm sure that even with a true centre forward from the start (Andre Silva), we would've still dominated the midfield against Uruguay, but we would have also had much more chances of scoring goals against them. Santos has to take the blame for all this, I'm afraid. Oh well that's football and we just have to move forward now. At least I can just enjoy the rest of the tournament now without any pressure anymore lol!

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I totally agree with you regarding the selection up top Andre. Not starting Andre Silva in this game was a colossal error from Santos. I still can't believe he went back to putting Guedes up top smh. In the last game vs Iran when Andre Silva...

I totally agree with you regarding the selection up top Andre. Not starting Andre Silva in this game was a colossal error from Santos. I still can't believe he went back to putting Guedes up top smh. In the last game vs Iran when Andre Silva started he showed the quality that he brings and he still works hard for the team links up well and is still quick (things that supposedly Guedes can do better but in reality not so much), and then in terms of presence in the box and sheer goal scoring threat Andre Silva is far better! If we had started Andre Silva up top alongside Ronaldo things would have been different. To me after the Iran game we saw Quaresma also had an awesome game and gave us that great wing play and actual quality service from the wing which we have missed with both Bernardo Silva and Joao Mario playing same time. I wanted Quaresma to start in place of one of them for this game as well. Santos failed in these two key selections.

Game play wise we were clearly the better team. Portugal are better than Uruguay its simply mismanagement that lost this game, and its a shame. I have been a Santos fan though and he has managed really well so far. When he made the changes for the Iran game I thought yes he's brilliant seen what needs to be changed and did it - including Andre Silva and Quaresma from the start. That was the same way he should have started vs Uruguay but for some reason he reverted to the Guedes up top and both J. Mario and Bernadro Silva on the wing which clearly wasn't the way to go. Its a pity Portugal lost this game and are out of the tournament like this.

Funny thing is this team had more quality than in the Euros. I'm still proud of the team and still think they are a top team but we had the ability to progress further in this tournament thats for sure.

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A lot of players underperformed and simply didn’t show up like we expected them to but a lot of the blame has to go to Santos.

Guedes was the revelation of la liga playing as a left winger. What does Santos do? He plays him as a striker

Bruno...

A lot of players underperformed and simply didn’t show up like we expected them to but a lot of the blame has to go to Santos.

Guedes was the revelation of la liga playing as a left winger. What does Santos do? He plays him as a striker

Bruno Fernandes was arguably the best player in our league as a CM/CAM. What does Santos do? He plays him as a LM.

João Mário must be black mailing him otherwise I don’t understand how such an average player gets as many chances as he does. Although to cut him some slack, we’ve seen a million times that he doesn’t fit in at that LM position but again Santos continued to play him there over and over again.

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Wow some of you so-called experts really should wait a couple of days before you come here and give your opinions! Get rid of Moutinho/Fonte/Alves/Quaresma......and replaced them with who. I love the way everyone wants older players replaced, but...

Wow some of you so-called experts really should wait a couple of days before you come here and give your opinions! Get rid of Moutinho/Fonte/Alves/Quaresma......and replaced them with who. I love the way everyone wants older players replaced, but the truth is our younger player were the main reason we are going home!!! Bernardo Silva had 1 good game, Gonçalo Guedes was terrible in all 4, Ricardo Pereira cost us second goal by playing to narrow and he did the same in the first friendly leading up to the world cup, Andre Silva started and came into 2 games what did he do, Bruno Fernandes well you get the picture. This is why I always say young player have to win jobs. One fan even asked to bring back Nani......Wow!! My biggest concern with this team was where were the goals going to come from. I was hope that Bruma and Ronny Lopes the 2 best goal scores outside of Ronaldo were going to be on the team, but he wanted Gelson and Guedes. Portugal played really well today a couple mistakes cost us the game and don't forget the other team was also really good. I'm a big fan of Santos the only thing a disagreed with today was leaving out Cedric who was 1 of our better players so far in this tournament! The bottom line is we have to qualify for the next big tournament and we won't do so if you get rid of too many of our more experienced players. Quaresma is still an important player, Fontes and Moutinho, still, offer something!! I hope our young players take their jobs by playing well but don't hand them anything...Hope we all learn that much from this tournament!!

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The era is over. Expecting a number of retirement announcements. The National team needs a rebuild. We will be lucky to even qualify for the euros to defend our title. Ronaldo's future with national team is obscure. Maybe he will play the Euros...

The era is over. Expecting a number of retirement announcements. The National team needs a rebuild. We will be lucky to even qualify for the euros to defend our title. Ronaldo's future with national team is obscure. Maybe he will play the Euros and then Retire.
The biggest thing that pains is that nothing happened out of the ordinary. We were expected to finish second in the group and bow out of the tournament against Uruguay. And thats exactly what happened.
I am not devastated that much as I have prepared myself for this situation. The dip in form of some of our young stars like Renato Sanches, Andre Gomes and João Mario really hurt us.Bernando and Guedes looked hopeless throughout the World Cup. The future looks bleak right now.
I also like to make a special mention of Pepe. Pepe you are a lion and the unsung hero of this generation of Portuguese football. You served Portugal really well and deserve all the respect in the world.
Goodnight everyone. Hopefully we will rise again.
FORCA!!!

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Well said Andre/UK

Can't say I didn't say this was going to happen.. had this somewhat hopeful feeling that Santos was going to make a drastic move prior to the line-ups being announced. So he did.. though it was for nothing but to seal our...

Well said Andre/UK

Can't say I didn't say this was going to happen.. had this somewhat hopeful feeling that Santos was going to make a drastic move prior to the line-ups being announced. So he did.. though it was for nothing but to seal our fate. Cedric, one of the few reliable assets that he himself demonstrated in all three group games.. gets taken out to play Ricardo Pereira?! Santos wanted to free up Bernardo right.. well how about playing him in his natural position then? All this was, was a half ass attempt to fix the problem. Not like Cedric isn't capable of going forward, he'd provide the same width equally if he was instructed to do so but no he gets replaced with a way worse defender.

Portugal's so called game plan gave Uruguay an easy win. Did Fernando actually think 35-year old Pepe (Besiktas) and 34-year old Fonte 7 appearances for some random ass Chinese club were going to outshine Gimenez and Godin (The heart of Atletico Madrid's defence)? Really man? To destroy Bernardo and Mario by playing them in unnatural wide positions *oh* because you can overlap the full backs? Yeah just allow Uruguay's two most dangerous players Suarez and Cavani to rampage down our flanks. .

But what can we say Fernando is just not capable of making bold decisions, he stuck to his stubborn defensive mentality clearly seen with Adrien partnering William in the middle. So many quality midfielders made the cut but no attempt to attack from central areas. That's plain and simply stating although Uruguay had kept 6 consecutive clean sheets and were well prepared to whoop our asses at "our" (THEIR) game... I'm too stubborn / clueless of a coach accept this fact.

Now i'm really starting to believe Euro 2016 was a fluke. The stars only aligned because defence was our strong point then, this coach is not tactically competent to coach this team in the direction they are headed, and should definitely resign.

I'm ultra disappointed to see Portugal bow out to a squad like Uruguay, we had the capacity to beat this team and respectfully lose to France. I'm also sad to see Pepe, Ronaldo, Quaresma, Moutinho, heading for the exit. These players (CR7) obviously in particular are why Portugal still qualified for major tournaments after the retirements of Figo, Nuno Gomes, Deco, and Pauleta.

My fear is that we are headed for dark days once again. Two brand new center backs will have to sustain Euro 2020 qualifying and even if CR carries us to the finish line again, he will be a bench player at best once the actual tournament rolls around.

If only Andre Silva, Bernardo in the middle, and Cedric played from the start. It would be a party.

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You know what is going to drive me mad Supremo? Guedes and Bernardo will go back to PSG/Valencia and Man City and light it up! And I will be swearing at them from home.

Where was this play at the WC?

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Picture a reporter asking Ronaldo the same question. "Fala com Fernando Santos..." is his answer. I'm sure you saw Bernardo dazzling through the midfield after Quaresma came on. Guedes? Just look where he positions himself at Valencia. How things...

Picture a reporter asking Ronaldo the same question. "Fala com Fernando Santos..." is his answer. I'm sure you saw Bernardo dazzling through the midfield after Quaresma came on. Guedes? Just look where he positions himself at Valencia. How things were made to be this complicated, we'll never know.

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Not going to crap on Fernando Santos, he is a coach and it isnt his responsibility to defend Cavani or score goals. Every single player except Pepe-Ronaldo-William and Rui P let Portugal down. Guerreiro on goal 1 and Ricardo P on goal 2. Baffling...

Not going to crap on Fernando Santos, he is a coach and it isnt his responsibility to defend Cavani or score goals. Every single player except Pepe-Ronaldo-William and Rui P let Portugal down. Guerreiro on goal 1 and Ricardo P on goal 2. Baffling why Cedric was dropped but hindsight and all that...

No fight, no panic, meek, tame, tepid Portugal players was the problem. I think many of us going into this game were already in the MEH phase due to their lame play up till now so this wasn't the gut shot from past loses.

Really glad we had Ronaldo for this brief moment in time because the rest of these guys failed and let the 4 i mentioned above down.

Full marks to Uruguay who played a very good game and Cavani was lights out! Hope they can take down France next round.

For Portugal it looks very bleak going forward. These players just dont have the drive or commitment atm.

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