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Portugal and Uruguay lower the curtain on the second day of the World Cup

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With goals from Cristiano Ronaldo (19′ 2T, penalty), João Félix (32′ 2T) and Rafael Leão (34′ 2T), the Portugal team was superior at Stadium 974 and beat Ghana 3-2.

The Portuguese star, present in his fifth World Cup event, became the record man in World Cups. He is the only player to score in five consecutive editions: Germany 2006, South Africa 2010, Brazil 2014, Russia 2018 and Qatar 2022.

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Fernando Santos’ team suffered until the last second. The goalkeeper Diogo Costa wanted to play with the ball, without noticing that Iñaki Williams had stayed in the goal. The Athletic Club de Bilbao attacker slipped while defining and the Portugal defense ended up clearing the ball.

At the Education City Stadium, Uruguay did not get past a draw against South Korea in their World Cup debut. Luck was not on the side of the team led by Diego Alonso: two shots by Diego Godín hit the crossbar of the South Korean goal.

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At 36 years and 281 days, the Celeste captain surpassed Obdulio Varela, a figure in Brazil 1950, as the longest-serving player to defend the Uruguayan national team jersey.

The Charrúas won four of their last five matches against European rivals in FIFA World Cup history.

The last confrontation between the two teams took place in Russia 2018. La Celeste managed to eliminate the Portuguese in the Round of 16, winning 2-1.

It will be the fourth duel in the general history. They also played two International Friendly Games: a 3-0 victory for Portugal in 1966, and a 1-1 draw in 1972, during the Brazilian Independence Cup.

The referee selected for the match will be Alireza Faghani.

Portugal and Uruguay schedule, according to country
  • Argentina and Chile (Santiago): 4:00 p.m.
  • Colombia and Peru: 2:00 p.m.
  • Mexico (Mexico) and Nicaragua: 1:00 p.m.
  • Venezuela: 3:00 p.m.

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