Round of 16: Uruguay vs Portugal, Kick-Off: 11:30 PM (IST)
It’s Showtime! The Group Stage is done and dusted, Uruguay and Portugal take on each other in a high-stakes encounter in the Fisht Stadium in Sochi. Uruguay and Portugal have some exciting forwards in their ranks, the likes of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani going up against Cristiano Ronaldo, Ricardo Quaresma and Bernardo Silva hints at just one thing, Defence is going to be a priority for both sides.
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@TeamCRonaldo) June 25, 2018
The equation is simple now; every game is a knockout, the winner advances to the Quarter-Finals and the loser heads back home. What makes things even more interesting, both teams will already know who lies ahead in the Quarter-Finals for the victors. It’s going to be a Scintillating contest, and we can’t wait!
Uruguay- Centre-Back Jose Maria Gimenez has regained full fitness from a thigh injury, and the Atletico Madrid man will be an important player for Coach Oscar Tabarez if Uruguay are to maintain their record of not conceding any goals in the 2018 World Cup.
Predicted XI- Fernando Muslera, Martin Caceres, Jose Maria Gimenez, Diego Godin, Diego Laxalt, Nahitan Nandez, Matias Vecino, Lucas Torreira, Rodrigo Bentancur, Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani
Portugal- Gelson Martins, Raphael Guerreiro and William Carvalho are back in training and are expected to be in contention to make the Starting XI. Portugal have been heavily dependent on Captain and Talismanic Striker Cristiano Ronaldo and will be hoping that he can work his magic once again.
Predicted XI- Rui Patricio Cedric, Pepe, Jose Fonte, Raphael Guerreiro, William, Bernardo Silva, Ricardo Quaresma,Joao Mario, Andre Silva, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Uruguay: Luis Suarez, the Barcelona Striker has scored two important goals in the Group Stage, and the inaugural World Cup winners would be hoping to see their prolific forward at his attacking best.
Luis Suarez is the first Uruguay player to score at three different World Cups 👏🇺🇾 pic.twitter.com/EOw9P7wt8j
— B/R Football (@brfootball) June 20, 2018
Portugal: Cristiano Ronaldo, did you even have to guess? Portugal and arguably the World’s best player has been nothing short of exceptional. Scoring four goals in the Group stage and is virtually carrying Portugal on his shoulders.
"It's not impossible, but we have to be conscious that there are teams stronger than ours."
Cristiano Ronaldo discusses Portugal's chances at winning the FIFA World Cup and how he stays motivated to win more. pic.twitter.com/DdTbLE3Pp5
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 25, 2018
Form- Last 5
Uruguay– W | W | W | W | W
Portugal– D | W | D | W | D
Prediction, Uruguay 2-1 Portugal: Uruguay are coming off of a perfect record in the Group stage and I feel even Cristiano Ronaldo won’t be able to derail this organized Uruguay Team
Where to watch?
TV Channels (India) – Sony Ten 2, Sony Ten 3 and Sony ESPN – 11:30 PM IST
In addition, you can live stream all the Matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup from 14th June to 15th July only on the Official SonyLIV App and the SonyLIV Website.