The Portugal team qualified on Monday for the round of 16 in Group H of the Qatar 2022 World Cup thanks to Bruno Fernandes’ two goals against Uruguay at the Lusail stadium.
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In the first minutes of the match, the Portuguese maintained possession of the ball with shallow arrivals that were the keynote of the match, added to the fouls made by the Uruguayan players in their desire to regain control of the match.
Attacks by João Félix were the ones that bothered goalkeeper Sergio Rochet the most. However, Uruguay dared to reach the 30th minute, when midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur left three men on the road and could not defeat goalkeeper Diogo Costa who saved the shot.
At the end of the first half, the Portuguese left back Nuno Mendes was injured and Raphaël Guerreiro entered the field.
In the second half, the Uruguayans advanced lines and gave Portugal more facilities, which found spaces in the defensive block and it was in the 54th minute that, from the left, Bruno Fernandes sent a ball into the six-yard box and, in a confusing play against the pressure from Cristiano Ronaldo, the ball entered the back of the nets, scoring the first goal of the.
With the passing of the minutes, the Celeste strategist, Diego Alonso, modified his team and Luis Suárez, Facundo Pellistri and Giorgian de Arrascaeta entered the pitch. For the 75th minute, Maxi Gómez crashed his shot off the post, wasting a clear option for Uruguay.
In the final minutes, Suárez and De Arrascaeta also lost clear options in the presence of goalkeeper Diogo Costa, who increased his figure and prevented the Uruguayans from scoring.
However, at minute 89 Josema Giménez caught the ball with his hand and when observed by the VAR, a penalty was issued for Portugal that Bruno Fernandes exchanged for a goal, decreeing the 2-0 score that ensured the classification of those led by Fernando Costa.
Portugal has six points and got their pass to the next phase, but they have one game left against South Korea, while Uruguay is left with one unit and will have to play against Ghana, a team with which they will have to define the classification to the round of 16.