Bruno Fernandes scored twice in the second half to help Portugal defeat Uruguay 2-0 on Monday, securing their spot in the World Cup’s round of 16.
The score was finally broken when Fernandes’ cross was mishandled by Cristiano Ronaldo and went straight into the goal. This happened in the 54th minute.
Chances did not come easily in the first half hour, as neither team registered a shot on goal. A brilliantly hit volley by William Carvalho was just a little bit too high. Jose Gimenez’s looping header nearly missed the crossbar.
Rodrigo Bentancur nearly scored one of the goals of the tournament with the game’s first shot on goal in the 32nd minute after jinking past the Portugal defense.
When in a clear shot at the goal, the Uruguayan midfielder let himself down by shooting straight at Diogo Costa.
La Celeste attempted to set a World Cup record by keeping six consecutive clean sheets. But they had a warning when Joao Felix hit the side netting in the 51st minute.
With a second goal from the penalty spot in stoppage time, the Manchester United midfielder helped Portugal climb to the top of Group H with six points.
Portugal had the majority of the ball, but Uruguay contained them, resulting in a goalless first half.
In the first half, both teams had their chances to grab the lead but failed to capitalize on their opportunities. The big guns were expected to work their magic. But players like Edinson Roberto Cavani, Luis Suarez, and Cristiano Ronaldo were unable to score.
However, the first half was interesting due to Portugal’s persistent surges toward the Uruguayan box. The conflict between the South American side and the European powerhouse resulted in a few players receiving yellow cards. Also, being added to the referee’s book.