A crunch encounter awaits Cristiano Ronaldo and his compatriots in the Round of 16 after a successful group stage campaign.
WHAT IS THE KICK-OFF TIME OF URUGUAY VS PORTUGAL?
Kick-off for this World Cup Round of 16 clash is 18:00 GMT/ 14:00 ET.
ONLINE AND TV BROADCAST LISTINGS TO WATCH URUGUAY VS PORTUGAL
Watch Cristiano Ronaldo live in action on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. Broadcast listings website, LiveSoccerTV.com, offers you full international channels information to watch Uruguay vs Portugal in the Round of 16 of the FIFA World Cup.
*Kick-off time displayed in GMT (UTC+0)
The Fisht Olympic Stadium will be the venue to host Cristiano Ronaldo and the rest of the Portuguese brigade when they come face-to-face with Uruguay on Saturday. The Euro 2016 winners will have the opportunity to make an actual statement of intent knowing that anything but a win will spell doom to their quest for global immortality.
Their chances, however, should be boosted by the fact that they approach the upcoming matchup on the back of a three-game unbeaten run. Although the bit about not suffering a defeat at the tournament stands true, the Seleccao still needs to up the ante as bar the thrilling 3-3 draw with Spain, their performances in the last two games were shy of convincing.
The task gets even much more complicated coming up against a Uruguayan-side that won all three of its group stage games. As such, the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Bernardo Silva, and Goncalo Guedes will be required to bring their respective “A” games to the party.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner, especially, could prove to be the difference having scored all but one of Portugal’s five World Cup goals. He would have been par with Harry Kane as the tournament’s top-scorer had it not been for his missed spot-kick against Iran.
Having continually bounced back from multiple shortcomings, Cristiano Ronaldo could once again be motivated to put in yet another impressive shift against the South Americans. Now, while he seeks to bump up his goal tally, the 33-year-old forward should be cautious so as to avoid getting into the referee’s books.
A yellow card in Saturday’s game will subsequently rule him out of a crucial quarter-final date with either France or Argentina. Uruguay, as a result, will aim to bend Ronaldo’s circumspectness to their advantage.
Normally thriving on their solid defense and efficient attack, a lot could go in Oscar Tabarez’s men’s favor should the biggest threat in the Portuguese set up decide to play it safe. The South Americans have slowly upped the gear in games gone, scrapping out a 1-0 win against Egypt and Saudi Arabia and blowing Russia into oblivion via a 3-0 scoreline in their final group game.
Still, an even game is expected to play out when they encounter an equally formidable Portuguese side.
- Uruguay has won all their last five matches across all competitions. They have accumulated nine goals and have not conceded any in the process.
- Portugal has won twice and has drawn thrice in its last five matches across all competitions. They scored eight and conceded four goals in the process.
URUGUAY VS PORTUGAL HEAD-TO-HEAD
Both Uruguay and Portugal have met on two separate occasions. The Europeans have been the dominant side among the pair boasting a win and a draw. They have registered four goals and have conceded just once in a couple of outings with La Celeste.