Monday, 30 January, 2023

Portugal need more than Ronaldo show to get past Uruguay

Portugal need more than Ronaldo show to get past Uruguay

DOHA: Portugal could qualify early for the next phase of the World Cup with a game remaining if they beat Uruguay tonight, a task probably much easier said than done, reports Reuters.

Uruguay have the World Cup edge in winning the tournament twice, albeit a few generations ago, and are more than familiar with Portugal, having knocked them out of the contest in 2018 in the round of 16.

Although Cristiano Ronaldo stole the show on Thursday, setting a record by scoring in his fifth World Cup in Portugal's 3-2 win over Ghana, his team lacked inspiration and have much to do to shake off a dismal run of World Cup form since reaching the semi-finals in 2006.

Portugal, with a habit of going down to the wire in the World Cup group stages, may want to avoid that this time with a final match against South Korea, the team that ended Germany's title defence in 2018. Equally, Uruguay will want to avoid defeat against Portugal so their fate can remain in the own hands in their final match against Ghana.