Portugal vs Uruguay — Preview

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A Diego Godin header that struck the woodwork was as close as we got to a goal in Uruguay’s opening match with South Korea. After a goalless first half, Portugal’s Matchday 1 fixture against Ghana, produced a flurry of goals, as the Seleção beat Ghana by the odd goal in five. The FIFA Rankings don’t suggest there is much between these two sides, with Portugal in ninth and Uruguay ranked 14th.

Portugal will be out for revenge after Uruguay knocked them out of the last World Cup at the last 16 stage. Then, Portugal was the ultimate one-man team, with everything centred around Cristiano Ronaldo. Four years on, theirs is much more of an ensemble cast, with CR7 expected to start up front in a 4-1-2-3 formation. La Celeste is expected to stick with their usual 4-3-3 system, with Darwin Núñez expected to play in a wide role, alongside central striker, Luis Suárez. A win for Portugal guarantees them a place in the last 16, while a Uruguayan victory would go a long way to securing them a place in the knockout stages for the fourth World Cup in a row.

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