Portugal meets Uruguay with hopes for a knockout spot

Portugal meets Uruguay with hopes for a knockout spot

Portugal wins their first match against Ghana for the World Cup, and now have the chance to seal a spot in the knockout stage with a win. Uruguay opened their campaign with a goalless draw against South Korea, and are hoping to bounce back through this match. A win means so much for these two teams as they both have the chance to pull away in the standings. Portugal no longer wants an early exit, so they are hoping to win here. Uruguay had a disappointing opener, misfiring from the goal. This meeting will be on November 29, 2022, at 3:00 AM (GMT+8).

Portugal and Uruguay are even when it comes to wins and losses against each other, winning one matches apiece. These two teams met for three times only, where their remaining one match ended in draw. During the 2018 World Cup, these two met where Uruguay was the one who took the victory. That was also the time Portugal got eliminated from the competition, so they do not want to repeat that mistake again. Portugal is looking to win their first two group game in the World Cup, the third time in their history.

Portugal avoids unfortune versus Uruguay last World Cup

World Cup: Portugal
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Portugal is a dangerous team, especially with the presence of Cristiano Ronaldo, but despite of it, they never won a title in the World Cup. They are currently at the top of their group stage, which is not surprising as they are a star-studded squad. On their campaign opener, this team managed to get a 3-2 win against Ghana. Coming into this game, they are hoping to have the same result to enter the knockout stage. This squad is actually in the midst of their golden generation. With that, if they want to go far this World Cup, they need to make use of their talents.

No injury concerns for Portugal this time, so expect a healthy Portuguese squad against Uruguay. However, since they have a deep squad, expect their manager to try to use everyone in this match.

Uruguay expects to bounce back after disappointing draw

World Cup: Uruguay
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Expectations were high for Portugal before they open their campaign against South Korea. However, that opener ended in disappointment, following a goalless draw against the Koreans. Now, they are desperate to finally get a win in the tournament to avoid elimination as early as the group stage. Winning in this match may be more difficult, but they can get confidence from the fact that they were the ones who eliminated Portugal last edition. Upsetting Portugal is no longer surprising for Uruguay, so they are hoping for the same results here.

Ronaldo Araujo is still in a recovery period, following the thigh surgery he had last September. He is expected to miss out this match since he is still not in full fitness.


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