Portugal 2-0 Uruguay
Portugal 2-0 Uruguay

Bruno Fernandes scored both goals as Portugal secured a World Cup last-16 place with a 2-0 win over Uruguay.

World Cup 2022 Highlights – Portugal 2-0 Uruguay, Bruno Fernandes’s brace sealed early ticket to Round of 16.

The highly expected clash of group H ended with Portugal registered the consecutive victories for the first time since World Cup 2006.

Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes scored twice as Portugal joined France and Brazil in the next stage.

Game Highlights

It’s safe to say the awaited clash did not meet expectations for the first half, with both sides recored zero shots on target.

Chances did come but then wasted at both ends. William Carvalho and Jose Gimenez all saw their attempts missed out narrowly.

Bentacur came close to score for Uruguay

Rodrigo Bentacur came close to an equalizer when he slided through Portugal’s defence before seeing his shot stopped by Diogo Costa.

First half was goalless and not much to take note, while most of the exciting parts belong the second one.

Pitch invader

Early of second half, a lone and brave pitch invader ran onto the pitch early in the second half carrying a rainbow flag in protest at Qatar’s discriminatory laws.

He wore Superman t-shirt that also had ‘Save Ukraine’ printed on the front and ‘Respect for Iranian Women’ on the back. Well, if you can not choose what to support, just put everything on and run like hell.

He was wrestled to the ground by two security guards before others helped escort him away.

Game restarted with two goals

The game then restarted, and Portugal seized control thanks to Bruno’s cross from the left which was (probably) met by Ronaldo.

Replays, however, showed that the now-former Man United striker did not make contact and the goal was rightly Bruno’s.

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It could have been Ronaldo’s goal to level his nation’s legend Eusebio’s World Cup scoring whose nine goals came at the 1966 edition.

Uruguay responded well and were desperately unfortunate not to level when Gómez struck a post following a neat exchange on the edge of the Portugal penalty area.

Costa was well beaten but saved by his left hand post. Suárez was inches away from converting Giorgian de Arrascaeta’s free-kick at the near post.

Just when the two-time World’s champion was close to an equalizer, it came all crashing down as Portugal was awarded a penalty.

Ironically, Uruguay’s best player since the start, Jose Maria Gimenez left his hand touch the ball when he was nut-megged by Bruno Fernandes.

With his signature’s run and shoot from the spot-kick, Bruno calmly scored as Ronaldo celebrated side-line since he was subbed earlier.

Bruno scored a penalty as Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated

The United midfielder was denied a hat-trick by the legs of the Uruguay keeper and a post in the closing seconds. But that was all for his MOTM performance.

Portugal record

For only the third time in their World Cup history, Portugal have won their opening two group games at the finals. Last time this happened?

  • 1966
  • 2006
  • They went on to reach the semi-finals on both times.
Bruno was MOTM

Some of these following stats are worth being noted:

  • Uruguay have failed to score in three consecutive World Cup games for only the second time ever and go into matchday three sitting bottom of the group.
  • Portugal have now scored in each of their last eight World Cup games, their best-ever run in the competition
  • Portugal tasted victory against a South American side in the World Cup for the first time since 1966 (3-1 v Brazil).
  • At 39 years and 275 days old, Portugal defender Pepe became the third-oldest outfield player in World Cup history, behind only Roger Milla (42y, 39d) and Atiba Hutchinson (39y, 292d).

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