Anyone who watched the first knockout game of the 2018 FIFA World Cup will know that we are in for an amazing Round of 16 here in this major world tournament. Lionel Messi and Argentina were knocked out of the tournament, as France beat the 2014 World Cup runners up 4-3, with Kylian Mbappe scoring two important goals.
The first half of the Round of 16 draw is an exactly tough one and after that first intense game, Uruguay and Portugal took on each other in another high-octane clash. The winner of this game would go through for another tough game against France, but first, we had 90 minutes of this game which is expected to be a thriller. Keep scrolling on this page for live updates of the game…
1′: The game has begun and trust me, the atmosphere looks amazing in Sochi. Portugal seem to be enjoying most of the possession. However, possession is not going to be important in this big game. Goals are what’s needed. Or maybe just that one important goal that will get one side through to the 2018 FIFA World Cup quarter final.
7′: Luis Suarez receives the ball from Cavani and Suarez repays the favour by crossing it back to Cavani, who made a run to the back post of the Portugal goal. Cavani puts in a simple header which goes past Rui Patricio and Uruguay have an early and very important goal. GOOOOAAAAAAALLLLL! Ronaldo doesn’t look like a happy man at the moment.
Portugal is still enjoying over 60% of the possession but like I mentioned before, possession won’t be enough as Uruguay have an important early goal. Talking about the goal, that’s the 4th time these two combined to score a World Cup goal. Only Grzegorz Lato & Andrzej Szarmach (5 for Poland) and Michael Ballack & Miroslav Klose (5 for Germany) have combined for more World Cup goals.
32′: The game progressing slowly. Cristiano has a free-kick from not much outside the box and the Portugal fans are on the edge of their seats. He runs in and hits the wall. No threats in that. No, he can’t recreate the magic from that game against Spain. Portugal still own around 60% of the possession and even have more attempts on goal.
A look at the goal, if you missed it:
Half-time: Uruguay have this game in their grasp as they lead 1-0. Portugal have not comeback back from 0-1 to win a World Cup game since way back in 1966, so it’s going to take a special effort from them. However, there hasn’t been much of involvement from the legend Ronaldo as yet. He hasn’t had a single touch within the box as yet. Not a lot of quality crosses have come in from his teammates so far. Stay tuned for the second half.
Portugal own 59% of the possession at the halfway stage and they’ve even had more shots on goal, but clearly, Uruguay has been the better team so far. Remember, they haven’t conceded a goal in this World Cup so far. In fact, Uruguay haven’t conceded a goal in 2018 so far. How’s that for a stat?
This is Pepe’s 6th goal at the international level. Remember, Portugal have won all five previous games in which Pepe has scored. Are in we for another thriller of a game? I think we are. The second half has been all about Portugal. The attacking continues. Possession still majorly in their favour. Check out the goal:
62′: Okay then. It doesn’t take long for Uruguay to take the lead yet again. GOOOOAAAAAAALLLLL! Cavani curls one in as Bentacur provides the assist and Uruguay take a 2-1 lead. Portugal have dominated the field in the second half but they have to find a way to do it again. Ronaldo is seen motivating his players.
67′: Ricardo Quaresma is brought on and is immediately in the action. He gets a corner and it misses Ronaldo in the box. A little over 20 minutes left in the game as Portugal need to find another goal to stay alive in the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Here’s Cavani’s beauty of a second goal, if you missed it:
CAVANI WHAT A GOAL!!! FINESSE BEAUTY 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/yHvBJBGAkA— World Cup (@FlFAWC2018) June 30, 2018
85′: 5 minutes plus stoppage time for Portugal to conjure something magical and win this game. They’re still finding a lot a crosses in the box, but none are landing on Ronaldo’s head. Intense end to this game so far.