Portugal vs Uruguay – World Cup 2022: Live score, lineups and updates
28th November 2022

Portugal 0-0 Uruguay LIVE: Cristiano Ronaldo aims to build on his goalscoring start to the World Cup to fire his side into the last-16 as South American opponents DROP Luis Suarez

Follow Sportsmail’s live blog for the World Cup Group H clash between Portugal and Uruguay.Β 

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15min: If you haven’t already it might be worth checking odds on Bentancur getting sent off. Already in the book, he has just brought down Dias again and is treading a rather fine line as he shares quite a heated discussion with the referee.

12min: At the other end, Jose Gimenez nods over with a looping effort following a corner.

9min: Quite a few attempts on goal early on, with Bruno Fernandes now dragging wide for Portugal.

6min: Already a booking, with Tottenham’s Rodrigo Bentancur seeing yellow for a late challenge on Ruben Dias. Bit harsh for me even if it was a foul.

3min: Both sides with early sights of goal. Mathias Olivera fires over with a snap shot for Uruguay while William Carvalho also blasts over following a lovely cushioned cut back by Cristiano Ronaldo using his shoulder.

Portugal: Costa, Joao Cancelo, Dias, Pepe, Nuno Mendes, Bernardo Silva, Neves, William Carvalho, Bruno Fernandes, Ronaldo, Joao Felix.
Subs: Rui Patricio, Dalot, Guerreiro, Joao Palhinha, Andre Silva, Jose Sa, Leao, Vitinha, Joao Mario, Ricardo Horta, Matheus Luiz, Silva, Goncalo Ramos.

Uruguay: Rochet, Coates, Godin, Gimenez, Varela, Valverde, Vecino, Bentancur, Olivera, Nunez, Cavani.
Subs: Muslera, De la Cruz, Pellistri, Suarez, De Arrascaeta, Sosa, Torreira, Vina, Gomez, Torres, Caceres, Canobbio, Ugarte, Luis Rodriguez.

We touched on this earlier, but a win for Portugal would see them join Brazil and France in the last-16. Uruguay though are more desperate for the win following their draw with South Korea and need three points to ensure they have an advantage over Ghana ahead of their final day decider.

Out come the players…

Uruguay’s reserve goalkeeper Sebastian Sosa is the chap with the rather interesting hairstyle…

Brazil 1-0 Switzerland: Casemiro’s late thunderbolt maintains perfect start for World Cup favourites as they become only the second team after France to win their opening two matches

One more result to bring you from today and that’s Brazil leaving it late to defeat Switzerland – a result that means that along with France they are the only teams through to the last-16 having played two games… at the moment.

OLIVER HOLT: His ego can’t take it but the inconvenient truth for Cristiano Ronaldo is that Manchester United aren’t the only team better off without him – Portugal are too!

Uruguay made the brave call with Suarez, but Portugal have stuck with their veteran in Cristiano Ronaldo. Mail on Sunday’s chief sports writer OLIVER HOLT though believes that Portugal though have made the wrong call…

Danio Pereira’s fractured ribs mean he makes way for Pepe while William comes in for Raphael Guerreiro and Nuno Mendes replaces Otavio. 

He may not have a shirt in the changing room, but he is at the Lusail Stadium and is officially on the sub’s bench. No official pics to confirm that but I can assure you he at least stepped off the team bus.

Costa, Pepe, Dias, Mendes, Cancelo, Silva, William, Neves, Fernandes, Ronaldo, Felix

Uruguay make three changes with Suarez dropped to make way for Edinson Cavani, while Sebastian Coates comes in for Martin Cacares and Guillermo Varela comes in for Facundo Pellistri. It’s looking like a defensive focus for Uruguay.

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DANNY MURPHY: Luis Suarez was a shadow of his former self in Uruguay’s draw with South Korea… he is being picked on reputation alone and should NOT start against Portugal

Maybe Uruguay have taken on Danny Murphy’s advice?

Still no team news from the Uruguay camp – and still no sign of Suarez’s match shirt in the changing room. Maybe they just lost it?

So to get you in the mood, here are some highlights from their meeting at the last World Cup where Uruguay triumphed.

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I know it sounds bizarre but where is his match shirt here? Does he have his own changing room? From what I can see we have a full picture of the shirt numbers on display so where is his No 9?

The flip-flops (sliders, to some of you… debate for another day) I can allow as they are not in the middle of the floor.

Looks like a change strip for Uruguay today though.

Cristiano Ronaldo ‘takes Portugal team-mates out for dinner and foots the bill’ as he puts Manchester United drama behind him to focus on his country’s next match – ‘though team-mates Bernardo Silva, Joao Cancelo and Jose Sa are absent’

What’s Cristiano Ronaldo been up to this week? Quite the opposite of what he was doing at Manchester United really, as he has been organising and paying for his team-mates’ dinner with nights out.

Not everyone was present though.

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I’ll cut straight to it, it’s the boots basically being in the middle of the floor. Just no need for that. Get them out of the way! Better yet, make the players have to bring them to the ground themselves in a vintage mud-stained boot bag.

These teams have met three times before but just once where we really care – and by that I mean two of those games were of a friendly from 1966 before the World Cup and another six years later in a minor tournament to celebrate Brazil’s 150 years of independence.

So they have only played each other once in modern times and that just happened to be at the last World Cup where Uruguay knocked Portugal out of the last-16 in Russia.

Edinson Cavani gave the South American side the lead before Pepe equalised in the second half, only for Cavani to then net again to seal a quarter-final spot.

Ronaldo didn’t take it well…

Portugal are handed an injury blow as Danilo Pereira could miss final Group H games after suffering three broken ribs in training – and Fernando Santos may turn to veteran Pepe in his absence

Here is the latest news from the Portugal camp by the way, with the news Danilo Pereira is likely to miss out tonight (and later in the week against South Korea) due to fractured ribs.

It could allow Pepe to come into the side and that would displace Ronaldo as the ‘old man’ of the team. Astonishing he can still hack it at elite level as a centre-back at the age of 39. Or can he? We may find out soon enough…

We haven’t even kicked off the Brazil game yet, and already we have one eye on the next one at the Lusail Stadium as staff get the FIFA branding in place on the pitch. You have got to love a World Cup.

I jest of course, but in a sea of desert, sand and concrete – I’d almost forgotten what a tree looked like during this World Cup. Where did they find those on their pre-match walk earlier today?

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Brazil vs Switzerland LIVE: Man United midfielder Fred replaces injured Neymar as the tournament favourites bid to make it two wins from two at the World Cup

First up before tonight’s game is Brazil’s clash with Switzerland which you can follow on the link below for our live coverage. It won’t affect tonight’s game in any way but do remember the winner of Group H (that’s us, folks) take on the runner-up in Group G and vice-versa do it will be worth keeping an eye on.

Cameroon 3-3 Serbia: Scandal-hit Cameroon keep their World Cup dream alive in six-goal rollercoaster draw – with Vincent Aboubakar scoring brilliant SCOOP goal – after Andre Onana was SENT HOME

Before we go knee deep into Portugal vs Uruguay, may I also remind you of the first game of today between Cameroon and Serbia.

It’s already set the tone for the day’s drama with a thrilling 3-3 contest that you may argue has been game of the tournament so far? Check out all the details of the clash below…

Portugal only need a win to progress to the last-16 and three points would also go a long way to securing their place in the next round as group winners.

Uruguay though now have to win this evening to ensure they can go into their final match with Ghana with the knowledge that a draw could take them into the last-16 at the Black Stars’ expense. A draw or a defeat this evening and they enter their final game in must-win territory.

Meanwhile, we have already seen a result in the other game in this group

And what a barnstormer it was! Ghana went 2-0 up against South Korea before being pegged back at the start of the second half… only to then re-take the lead. 

The action didn’t even end at the final whistle, with Premier League referee Anthony Taylor sending off the South Korea manager. 

Click below for more details on that crazy game.

Are we saving the best until last? Possibly given the way this day has already played out (more on that in a moment) but we have some big hitters involved too as Cristiano Ronaldo and friends (AKA Portugal) face Uruguay, which on paper at least should be the highlight of this group.

Either way good afternoon all and welcome to our live action of the 7pm kick-off. 

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