Qatar 2022: Portugal reach last 16 with 2-0 thumping of Uruguay

Qatar 2022: Portugal reach last 16 with 2-0 thumping of Uruguay

Portugal booked their place in the World Cup last 16 on Monday as a Bruno Fernandes second-half double secured a 2-0 win over Uruguay.

 

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The deadlock was broken in the 54th minute when Fernandes’ cross was missed by Cristiano Ronaldo and flew straight into the net.

 

The Manchester United midfielder added a second in injury time from the penalty spot; as Portugal moved to the top of Group H with six points.

 

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Meanwhile, a Brazil side lacking spark without the injured Neymar needed a late strike from Casemiro to edge out Switzerland 1-0 on Monday as the five-time winners secured their place in the World Cup last 16 with one game to spare.

 

 

The Brazilians had been frustrated by an obdurate Swiss side at Doha’s Stadium 974. It looked as if they would have to settle for a point; especially after a Vinicius Junior strike in the second half was disallowed for offside following a VAR check.

 

 

But then, with seven minutes remaining, Rodrygo flicked the ball onto Casemiro just inside the box. The Manchester United midfielder’s volley flew into the net with the help of a slight but significant deflection off Manuel Akanji.

 

 

Tite’s side is just the second team to qualify for the last 16 after France. They are also the only side apart from the holders to have won both groups matches so far in Qatar.

 

 

“The first aim was to qualify. That was really important in a group as difficult as ours,” the 30-year-old Casemiro told Brazilian broadcaster Sportv.

 

 

“We had to be patient against an experienced side who know how to play the game. It was always going to be decided by little details. But we knew we would have plenty of possession and thankfully we managed to get the goal.”

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