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Portugal proceed to reach World Cup round of 16 after beating Uruguay
Portugal proceed to reach World Cup round of 16 after beating Uruguay

Portugal cruised to the last 16 of the World Cup with a win over Uruguay in a scrappy encounter at Lusail Stadium.

A contest short on real quality saw the scoreline open in the 54th minute when a cross from Bruno Fernandes floated beyond Uruguay keeper Sergio Rochet, the goal awarded to Manchester United’s midfield man despite Cristiano Ronaldo claiming it had glanced off his head.

Portugal made most of the running until they went ahead but Uruguay, who must now beat Ghana in their final Group H game to have a chance of qualifying, created chances of their own and could have taken a point.

Rodrigo Bentancur’s brilliant first-half run was halted by Portugal keeper Diogo Costa’s save, while substitute Maxi Gomez hit the post as Uruguay went in search of an equaliser.

Portugal wrapped up the win in stoppage time when Fernandes got his second from the spot after a video assistant referee intervention which adjudged Jose Gimenez had handled.

Fernandes almost got his hat-trick before the final whistle but saw a low shot strike the post.



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