Welcome to News Nation live coverage of the FIFA World Cup 2018. The round of 16 continues and in the second match of the day, Uruguay lock horns with Portugal in a battle of dark horses at the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi.
The knockout stage action continues with what should be an absolute thriller. Two-time champions with a rich history, Uruguay, face current European champions Portugal, with a match against France in the quarterfinals awaiting.
This is the third tournament in succession that Uruguay have reached the knockout phase, while Portugal’s own progression represents a continued upward curve after the nation’s failure to progress in the 2014 World Cup.
Though neither team’s presence in the knockouts is a surprise, they both struggled against far inferior opposition at times in the group stage. Uruguay do, however, come into this one as the only side in the tournament yet to concede a goal, having most recently trounced hosts Russia 3-0.
Portugal’s last game gives less cause for encouragement. As expected, the Euro 2016 winners controlled large portions of their final group game (with Iran) but a VAR-assisted penalty equaliser for Iran can only affect Portuguese self-belief for the worse.
Highlights Coverage of Uruguay vs Portugal:
#URU WIN!June 30, 2018
# The referee blows his whistle for the final time to end this match. Phew! What a game and what a day of entertaining, pure football! Uruguay 2-1 Portugal and Uruguay qualifies to the quarterfinals.
# 90+5' Ricardo Quaresma (Portugal) takes the resulting corner which is well defended.
# 90+4' Ricardo Quaresma (Portugal) picks up a lofted cross inside the box and fires a quick shot towards the roof of the net. His promising effort is kept out by Fernando Muslera, who pulls off a stunning save! The ball is out of play. Portugal win a corner kick.
# 90+3' Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) is literally asking for a yellow card with his behaviour. The referee agrees and books him.
# 90+2' Luis Suarez (Uruguay) tries to find Cristian Rodriguez, but he puts too much power on the pass. The ball goes out of play and Portugal will have a goal kick.
# 90+1' Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) probably spotted the goalkeeper off his line, but he misdirected his long-range shot as it went a few yards wide of the right post.
# The fourth official shows 4 min. of added time.
# 88' Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) slides a pass forward, but one of the defenders cuts it out.
# 86' Manuel Fernandes (Portugal) takes a long-range shot, but his attempt is not a big threat to the goalkeeper.
# 84' The referee stops play so that a substitution can be made and Joao Mario leaves the pitch and Manuel Fernandes (Portugal) comes on.
# 84' Ricardo Pereira (Portugal) looks to break free, but an opposing player clears the ball away. The ball is off of the pitch and it's a goal kick for Uruguay.
# 81' Ricardo Quaresma (Portugal) takes a short corner kick.
# 81' The game has come to an end for Nahitan Nandez. He has contributed as much as he could today. He will be replaced by the fresh legs of Carlos Sanchez (Uruguay).
# 80' Bernardo Silva (Portugal) passes the ball from the edge of the box in order to find his teammate, who is in a good scoring position, but the defender blocks the pass and spanks the ball to safety. The referee signals a corner kick to Portugal.
# 79' Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) hammers the ball from far out, but his shot is blocked by an opposition player.
# 77' Raphael Guerreiro (Portugal) tries to score from mid-range after collecting a rebound, but his shot lacks accuracy and sails high over the bar.
# 77' Ricardo Quaresma (Portugal) takes the corner kick and sends the ball among a huddle of players inside the penalty area, but one of the defenders clears it to safety.
# 74' Oscar Tabarez has decided to make a change. Christian Stuani (Uruguay) replaces Edinson Cavani.
# 73' Here comes a substitution. Andre Silva (Portugal) is brought on as a substitute for Goncalo Guedes.
# 72' Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) unleashed a monstrous piledriver. He controlled a pass, glanced up at goal and shot from the edge of the box. It could have been a difficult one for the keeper, but the ball fortunately hit one of the defenders and ball bounced away.
# 71' Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) is being forced to leave the pitch in order to receive medical treatment and his team will play with a man short for a few minutes.
# 70' CHANCE! Bernardo Silva (Portugal) struck the ball which rebounded to the edge of the box. His attempt went narrowly over the crossbar.
# 67' The corner from Ricardo Quaresma (Portugal) is hurriedly cleared.
# 67' Ricardo Quaresma (Portugal) delivers a fine lofted cross into the penalty area, but it's cleared by an opposing player. The ball is out of play and Portugal manage to earn a corner.
# 65' Fernando Santos prepares a substitution. Adrien Silva is replaced by Ricardo Quaresma (Portugal).
# 63' Rodrigo Bentancur comes off the pitch to be replaced by Cristian Rodriguez (Uruguay).
#URU regain the lead!June 30, 2018
# 62' Goal! Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) gets to the ball on the edge of the box and fires in a first-time shot without any hesitation. The strike is excellent and goes inside the right post. He couldn't have done it any better. 2:1.
# 61' Adrien Silva (Portugal) serves up a nice cross, but the defence clears the danger. Portugal have been awarded a corner kick.
# 60' Joao Mario (Portugal) decides to speed play up with a short corner kick.
# 59' Goncalo Guedes (Portugal) gets on the end of a good pass and from mid-range he unleashes a decent strike, but the shot is blocked by the defender. The referee and one of his assistants signal for a corner kick to Portugal.
# 56' Diego Godin (Uruguay) was too fierce in his attempt to get the ball from his opponent and Cesar Arturo Ramos blows for a foul.
# 55' Goal! A perfect lofted pass from Raphael Guerreiro finds Pepe (Portugal), who jumps highest and steers a close-range header to the middle in the countermovement of the keeper. His effort was both strong and precise, and Fernando Muslera had no chance of stopping that. 1:1.
# 53' Raphael Guerreiro (Portugal) volleys the ball on the edge of the box after a rebound. It's a great effort and has Fernando Muslera scrambling, but it flies just over the bar.
# 52' Bernardo Silva (Portugal) lifts the ball into the box from the corner, but one of the defending players gets there first to head it clear.
# 51' A cross from Ricardo Pereira (Portugal) fails to reach the box as the defence clears the ball away to safety. Good work from Portugal as they win a corner.
# 50' Goncalo Guedes (Portugal) commits a foul after unfairly pressing his opponent during an attacking move.
# 46' An attempted cross from Joao Mario (Portugal) is cleared.
# Cesar Arturo Ramos blows his whistle and the second half starts.
# The first half of today's match has just finished. Phew! What a half! Looks like we will have more goals in the second half, the attacking intensity by both the team have been top notch! Uruguay 1-0 Portugal
# 45+1' Luis Suarez (Uruguay) has picked up a minor injury, but it looks like he will be able to continue.
# We will have 2 min. of added time.
# 45' Bernardo Silva (Portugal) rolls the ball short to a teammate from the corner instead of sending a cross into the box.
# 44' Luis Suarez (Uruguay) is lying on the ground after being tackled and the physio comes onto the pitch to give him medical treatment.
# 44' Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) swings in a cross, but the ball is cleared to safety by one of the defending players. The ball is out of play. A goal-scoring opportunity from a corner for Portugal.
# 41' Nahitan Nandez (Uruguay) gets the ball from a rebound and shoots from long range, but sends the ball high over the crossbar. The goalkeeper doesn't have to worry about this one. Very poor attempt.
# 38' The ball is cleared after Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) attempted to dribble past an opposing player. The referee and the linesman both signal a throw-in for Portugal.
# 33' A cross is clipped into the penalty area by Nahitan Nandez (Uruguay) but poses no threat.
# 31' The defensive wall does its job and blocks the mid-range attempt from the free-kick by Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal).
# 30' Cesar Arturo Ramos blows his whistle. Rodrigo Bentancur (Uruguay) commits a foul after dangerous play. Portugal are awarded a free kick from a dangerous position.
# 28' Martin Caceres (Uruguay) sends the ball into the penalty area from a throw-in as if it's a corner kick.
# 26' William Carvalho (Portugal) attempts to send a cross in from the free kick but he can't find any of his teammates and the ball goes behind for a goal kick.
# 25' Diego Godin (Uruguay) jumps into a tackle and Cesar Arturo Ramos blows his whistle for a foul. There is a free kick near the sideline to Portugal.
# 24' Goncalo Guedes (Portugal) clearly handles the ball, but he is surprised when the referee blows his whistle.
# 24' Luis Suarez (Uruguay) attempts an acrobatic volley on the edge of the box, but it's a wild effort and flies high over the bar.
# 23' Luis Suarez (Uruguay) stands over the free kick and opts to take it himself, sending it towards the right post only for Rui Patricio to dive and make a save.
# 21' Jose Fonte (Portugal) makes a bad challenge and the referee blows his whistle for a foul. Uruguay win a free kick. It's a promising situation for a direct shot.
# 20' Uruguay continue the game with a quickly taken free kick.
# 19' Raphael Guerreiro (Portugal) makes a strong challenge and Cesar Arturo Ramos blows for a foul. Uruguay have been awarded a free kick.
# 18' Goncalo Guedes (Portugal) plays a dangerous chip pass into the box in an attempt to set up one of his teammates, but the effort is intercepted by one of the defenders.
# 16' Goncalo Guedes (Portugal) collects a pass from the flank, looks up and fires in a goal-bound shot from the edge of the box which canons off a defender to safety.
# 14' The resulting corner from Lucas Torreira (Uruguay) only finds one of the defenders, who heads it out of danger.
# 14' CHANCE! Luis Suarez (Uruguay) misses a good chance to score. An inch-perfect cross into the box finds Luis Suarez (Uruguay) who rises for a header, but sends the ball well over the bar. The ball goes out of play. Uruguay are awarded a corner kick.
# 12' Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) creates a yard of space for himself and tries an effort from distance, but it's blocked.
# 11' Bernardo Silva sends a lovely lofted pass forward that flies over the top of the defence and into the path of Jose Fonte (Portugal), but he can't direct his header on target as it flies well wide of the right post.
# 10' This corner kick is taken with a short pass by Bernardo Silva (Portugal).
# 10' Bernardo Silva (Portugal) sends a cross into the box, but the opposition's defence quickly intercepts the ball. Now Portugal have a corner.
# 9' The linesman raises his flag for offside before Goncalo Guedes (Portugal) heads on.
# 7' GOAL! It's a goal! Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) bursts into the box to get on the end of a whipped in cross from Luis Suarez and scores magnificently from close range into the right side of the goal. 1:0.
# 5' Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) attempts to score with a first-time shot from the edge of the box. His effort towards the middle of the goal is saved by Fernando Muslera.
# 4' Lucas Torreira (Uruguay) takes the corner but fails to find any of his teammates.
# 3' Nahitan Nandez (Uruguay) fails to send a pass into the box as his effort is cut out. The referee points to the corner flag. It's a corner to Uruguay.
# 2' CHANCE! Bernardo Silva (Portugal) latches on to a sweet cross inside the box and misses with a header high above the bar.
# 1' The foul by Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) was seen by Cesar Arturo Ramos who didn't hesitate to blow the whistle.
# Kick off!
# The players are out and the match is about to start. Portugal will have the kick-off.
#URUPOR // FORMATIONSJune 30, 2018
# Uruguay XI: Muslera (GK), Gimenez, Godin (C), Caceres, Laxalt, Nandu, Torreira, Bentancur, Vecino, Suarez, Cavani.
# Portugal XI: Patricio (GK), Pepe, Guerreiro, Fonte, R. Pereira, Mario, B. Silva, W. Carvalho, Adrien Silva, Ronaldo (C), Guedes
# Portugal are unbeaten in six, last losing to South American opposition way back in September 2013.
# If Uruguay score first, it could be game over. Each of Uruguay’s last six matches have seen them score first and win with a clean sheet.
Who goes through? 🤔#URUPOR— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 30, 2018
# After last winning the tournament in 1950, Uruguay’s run to fourth place exactly six decades later remains the South American nation’s best run of modern times.
# Players to watch: Though Portugal’s failure to beat Iran was irksome, Cristiano Ronaldo has an unlimited supply of self-belief, and – as always – this will radiate across the dressing room. Whereas, Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani will be as problematic as ever. Both men scored, either side of a Denis Cheryshev own-goal, in their last outing.
# Stat attack: The sides have never met at a WC, with a 1-1 draw (in 1972, Independence Cup) being the most recent H2H result.