Portugal vs Uruguay World Cup 2022: Date, Time, Preview, Team News, and Prediction

Portugal face Uruguay on Monday night in a rematch of the 2018 World Cup knockout tie between the pair.


Cristiano Ronaldo has made history by becoming the first man to score in five World Cups. Portugal emerged victorious in their first game against Ghana, but they are well aware of the challenges that lie ahead, particularly in their upcoming match against Uruguay.

Since their Euro 2016 victory, Portugal’s national football team, led by Fernando Santos, has struggled to impress. Their recent match against Ghana resulted in a narrow win, which some may say was due to luck.

Uruguay, on the other hand, displayed a cautious style of play in their draw against South Korea. However, they possess a formidable attacking force that could potentially pose a threat to Portugal.

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The World Cup group stage game will commence at 7pm GMT on Monday, November 28, 2022.

The prestigious Lusail Iconic Stadium located in Lusail will serve as the venue for the event.

Team Lineups Announced for Portugal vs Uruguay Match

Santos does not prefer making excessive changes to his team lineup, but Rafael Leao showcased a strong performance against Ghana and may be included as a starter in this match. Nuno Mendes presents another viable option, potentially replacing Raphael Guerreiro.

In terms of Uruguay, it will be intriguing to observe the developments surrounding Luis Suarez. Following his lackluster performance against South Korea, the partnership of Darwin Nunez and Edison Cavani appears to be a more promising duo at this juncture.

Possible starting lineup for Portugal:

Portuguese National Team Lineup

Portuguese National Team Lineup

Position Name
Costa Cancelo
Dias Danilo
Guerreiro Bernardo
Neves Carvalho
Fernandes Ronaldo

Possible starting lineup for Uruguay:

  • Pochet
  • Caceres
  • Godin
  • Gimenez
  • Olivera
  • Valverde
  • Bentancur
  • Vecino
  • Pellistri
  • Suarez
  • Nunez

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Cristiano Ronaldo made history in the world of soccer by becoming the first male player to score in five World Cups. This remarkable achievement occurred during a match against Ghana, where Ronaldo confidently converted a penalty kick into a goal.

Portugal held a 3-1 lead in the match against Doha until late in the game. However, Osman Bukari narrowed the gap to 3-2. In the final moments, Inaki Williams had a golden opportunity to level the score but slipped in front of the goal after skillfully taking the ball away from Diogo Costa inside the penalty box. Unfortunately, he was unable to convert the chance.

Santos’ team emerged victorious, securing a crucial three points. A further win on Monday would propel them into the knockout stage of the competition, setting the stage for their final match against South Korea on December 2.

The Selecao, a team that has not advanced beyond the last-16 stage of a World Cup since 2006, would face the runner-up of Group G in the subsequent round if they were to secure first place in their current group. Potential opponents in this scenario could include Brazil, Switzerland, Cameroon, or Serbia.

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Uruguay and Portugal previously faced off in the round of 16 during the 2018 World Cup in Russia. In a thrilling match, Uruguay emerged victorious with a 2-1 win, thanks to a brace from Edinson Cavani.

The Navigators may not be perceived as frontrunners to win in Qatar, but it would be an extraordinary narrative if Ronaldo could lead this team to World Cup victory, given the recent events surrounding the 37-year-old.

In their tournament opener against South Korea, Uruguay had two near misses as they struck the woodwork on two occasions. In the first half, Diego Godin’s header hit the post, while later on in the match, Federico Valverde’s powerful shot thumped onto the woodwork. Despite these close calls, the game ended in a goalless draw.

Diego Alonso’s team cannot secure qualification or elimination on matchday two. However, a subpar result would undoubtedly make them susceptible in their last match against Ghana on December 2.

Uruguay has achieved victory in the World Cup twice, in 1930 and 1950. Additionally, they have consistently demonstrated their skills in recent tournaments, placing fourth in 2010, reaching the round of 16 in 2014, and advancing to the quarter-finals in the most recent tournament held in Russia.

La Celeste, the Uruguay national team, has a wealth of experience in advancing to the later stages of the World Cup. Despite only achieving a draw in their opening match, they remain confident in their ability to progress through their group.

The South American nation has only faced Portugal three times, with their most recent encounter occurring in the round of 16 stage of the World Cup.

Uruguay has once again relied on their seasoned players in Qatar. However, it remains uncertain whether the presence of esteemed individuals such as Godin, Martin Caceres, Cavani, and Luis Suarez can successfully guide the team to the round of 16.

Prediction: Who will be the victor in Portugal vs Uruguay?

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It is challenging to envision an exhilarating game as neither team exhibits a particularly fluid style of play.

Portugal possesses a multitude of dynamic attacking options, who are adept at creating mesmerizing moments of magic.

Portugal vs. Opponent

Predicted Outcome:

Based on our analysis, we predict that Portugal will emerge victorious with a score of 1-0

Charlotte Pho