Uruguay vs Portugal World Cup 2018 round of 16: When is it, where is it, team news, schedule, draw

By On June 27, 2018

Uruguay vs Portugal World Cup 2018 round of 16: When is it, where is it, team news, schedule, draw

It certainly will not be one of the prettiest or most eye-catching matches of the tournament, but Uruguay against Portugal will be one of the more intriguing tactical battles. Both sides like to sit tight and keep hold onto leads earned by their talented strikers.

Uruguay's procession to qualification saw them beat Egypt, Saudi Arabia and host Russia without breaking a sweat. The defence have been impenetrable and Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani are getting warmed up at the tip of the team.

Portgual made much harder work of their group after an enthralling 3-3 draw against Spain in their opening match. A win against Morocco set them on their way and Fernando Santos' side stumbled over the line with a 1-1 draw against Iran, which could have been a much different result but for VAR.

World Cup 2018: Iran vs Portugal player ratings

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1/22 Rui Patricio 6

The new Wolves stopper stood up to the physical challenge that Iran offered, and had little to do until facing their injury time penalty. AFP/Getty Images

2/22 Adrien Silva 6

Back in the side for his first start at this World Cup, it took him a while to get up to speed. Nevertheless, he still complements his old Sporting midfield partner William very well. Getty Images

3/22 Joao Mario 6

Impressed early on with some neat flicks, but was less influential once Rezaeian got the measure of him. Getty Images

4/22 Cedric Soares 7

Able to offer Quaresma support such was the lack of Iran threat down his flank. Astonished as much as everyone else when he was penalised for a late handball. Getty Images

5/22 Pepe 7

The usual Pepe performance of combined histrionics and first class defending. AFP/Getty Images

6/22 Jose Fonte 5

Struggled to get the better of Azmoun, and was twice flattened for his troubles. REUTERS

7/22 Raphael Guerreiro 5

Another defender given a tough evening, this time by Jahanbakhsh. A failure to deal with the Iranian's pace led to a booking. AFP/Getty Images

8/22 Ricardo Quaresma 8

Started his first World Cup game at the age of 34 and delivered a goal worthy of the stage. Some less impressive antics in the second half marred an otherwise excellent performance. EPA

9/22 William Carvalho 8

The heartbeat of this Portugal team. Tidy when in possession, and equally adept at winning it back. REUTERS

10/22 Andre Silva 6

Back in the side for his first start at this World Cup, it took him a while to get up to speed. Nevertheless, he still complements his old Sporting midfield partner William very well. EPA

11/22 Cristiano Ronaldo 6

After four goals in the opening two games, this was a frustrating night for the captain. He struggled to make chances, missed a penalty and was given a harsh yellow card following a VAR review. EPA

12/22 Alireza Beiranvand 6

Looke d a liability early on as he made a habit of spilling crosses, only to save a Ronaldo penalty in the second half. Had no chance with Quaresma's wonder goal. Reuters

13/22 Ramin Rezaeian 7

Recovered from a tough opening where Joao Mario and Ronaldo doubled up on the left to put in a solid defensive performance. Reuters

14/22 Majid Hosseini 7

Showed he had the acceleration to keep pace with Ronaldo when the forward threatened to get in behind the Iran defence. EPA
15/22 Morteza Pouraliganji 7 A few lapses of concentration apart, the centre-half performed well in his battle with Portugal's impressive attack. AP

16/22 Ehsan Hajsafi 5

Lacked composure and discipline in defence, particularly after the award of Portugal's penalty and was replaced shortly afterwards. Reuters

17/22 Mehdi Taremi 5

Blew his country's big moment to qualify for the knockout stages but blasting his only chance into the side netting. EPA

18/22 Alireza Jahanbakhsh 7

ran's most threatening player, he made a number of runs down the right that troubled the Portugal defence. Subbed with 20 minutes to play. AFP/Getty Images

19/22 Saeid Ezatolahi 6

Battled well in midfield as his side spent a lot of the game chasing possession. AFP/Getty Images

20/22 Omid Ebrahimi 5

Struggled to get a foothold in the game as he chased the shadows of Adrien and William. AFP/Getty Images

21/22 Vahid Amiri 6

Found himself dropping deep to help out his defence in dealing with Quaresma. REUTERS

22/22 Sardar Azmoun 7

Impressed in the first half as Iran's lone striker, bringing teammates into play with an array of neat touches. AFP/Getty Images

1/22 Rui Patricio 6

The new Wolves stopper stood up to the physical challenge that Iran offered, and had little to do until facing their injury time penalty. AFP/Getty Images

2/22 Adrien Silva 6

Back in the side for his first start at this World Cup, it took him a while to get up to speed. Nevertheless, he still complements his old Sporting midfield partner William very well. Getty Images

3/22 Joao Mario 6

Impressed early on with some neat flicks, but was less influential once Rezaeian got the measure of him. Getty Images

4/22 Cedric Soares 7

Able to offer Quaresma support such was the lack of Iran threat down his flank. Astonished as much as everyone else when he was penalised for a late handball. Getty Images

5/22 Pepe 7

The usual Pepe performance of combined histrionics and first class defending. AFP/Getty Images

6/22 Jose Fonte 5

Struggled to get the better of Azmoun, and was twice flattened for his troubles. REUTERS

7/22 Raphael Guerreiro 5

Another defender given a tough evening, this time by Jahanbakhsh. A failure to deal with the Iranian's pace led to a booking. AFP/Getty Images

8/22 Ricardo Quaresma 8

Started his first World Cup game at the age of 34 and delivered a goal worthy of the stage. Some less impressive antics in the second half marred an otherwise excellent performance. EPA

9/22 William Carvalho 8

The heartbeat of this Portugal team. Tidy when in possession, and equally adept at winning it back. REUTERS

10/22 Andre Silva 6

Back in the side for his first start at this Wo rld Cup, it took him a while to get up to speed. Nevertheless, he still complements his old Sporting midfield partner William very well. EPA

11/22 Cristiano Ronaldo 6

After four goals in the opening two games, this was a frustrating night for the captain. He struggled to make chances, missed a penalty and was given a harsh yellow card following a VAR review. EPA

12/22 Alireza Beiranvand 6

Looked a liability early on as he made a habit of spilling crosses, only to save a Ronaldo penalty in the second half. Had no chance with Quaresma's wonder goal. Reuters

13/22 Ramin Rezaeian 7

Recovered from a tough opening where Joao Mario and Ronaldo doubled up on the left to put in a solid defensive performance. Reuters

14/22 Majid Hosseini 7

Showed he had the acceleration to keep pace with Ronaldo when the forward threatened to get in behind the Iran defence. EPA

15/22 Morteza Pouraliganji 7

A few lapses of concentration apart, the centre-half performed well in his battle with Portugal's impressive attack. AP

16/22 Ehsan Hajsafi 5

Lacked composure and discipline in defence, particularly after the award of Portugal's penalty and was replaced shortly afterwards. Reuters

17/22 Mehdi Taremi 5

Blew his country's big moment to qualify for the knockout stages but blasting his only chance into the side netting. EPA

18/22 Alireza Jahanbakhsh 7

ran's most threatening player, he made a number of runs down the right that troubled the Port ugal defence. Subbed with 20 minutes to play. AFP/Getty Images

19/22 Saeid Ezatolahi 6

Battled well in midfield as his side spent a lot of the game chasing possession. AFP/Getty Images

20/22 Omid Ebrahimi 5

Struggled to get a foothold in the game as he chased the shadows of Adrien and William. AFP/Getty Images

21/22 Vahid Amiri 6

Found himself dropping deep to help out his defence in dealing with Quaresma. REUTERS

22/22 Sardar Azmoun 7

Impressed in the first half as Iran's lone striker, bringing teammates into play with an array of neat touches. AFP/Getty Images

When is Uruguay vs Portugal?

The match is on Saturday 30 June and kicks off at 19:00 at Sochi's Fisht Olympic Stadium.

Where can I watch it?

The round of 16 matches are yet to be divided between ITV and BBC, but one of the broadcasters will be showing full live coverage.

Uruguay have kept clean sheets in all three of their games so far and the opening strike will be key in this tight affair. Ronaldo has been in hot form but comes up against his Madrid nemesis Deigo Godin, who has made a habit of keeping him out for Atletico Madrid in the Spanish capital derbies.

Portugal have started with similar performances that saw them edge through their group at the European Championships which they went on to win. Arguably, two of the tournament's dark horses are facing each other, it will be tense and hard battled but an intriguing contest.

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Source: Google News Portugal | Netizen 24 Portugal

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