Portugal vs Uruguay, World Cup 2022 live: score and latest updates as Ronaldo starts




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Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo in action with Uruguay's Federico Valverde/Portugal vs Uruguay, World Cup 2022 live: score and latest updates as Ronaldo starts - REUTERS  

07:03 PM

3 mins: Portugal 0 Uruguay 0

Ronaldo with a superb lay off, using his chest, and steers it to Carvalho. Cracks the ball hard on the volley.

07:01 PM

1 mins: Portugal 0 Uruguay 0

Cavani starts up front. He scored twice in Sochi in the last World Cup to knock out Portugal.

Godin with an early, beefy header to clear when Ronaldo was lurking.

06:59 PM

The teams

Portugal: Diogo Costa, Joao Cancelo, Pepe, Ruben Dias, Nuno Mendes, Ruben Neves, Bernardo Silva, Bruno Fernandes, William Carvalho, Joao Felix, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Uruguay: Sergio Rochet, Sebastian Coates, Diego Godin, Jose Maria Gimenez, Guillermo Varela, Mathias Olivera, Rodrigo Bentancur, Matias Vecino, Federico Valverde, Edinson Cavani, Darwin Nunez.

Three at the back for Uruguay.

06:59 PM

Luis Suarez on bench

this guy begins on the bench and will be hungry as hell once he gets on.

Luis Suarez of Uruguay warms up - Getty
Luis Suarez of Uruguay warms up - Getty  

06:57 PM

Two magnfiicent anthems

Portugal go first. It's an excellent effort. But Uruguay, you have to take your hat off. It's like an entire symphony before they even start the wordy bit. Godin and the lads into it. Crowd bang up for it.

I'm calling the all-important Anthem-off to the men from South America.

06:55 PM

ITV

comm Jon Champion says he expects to see both excellence (or words to that effect?) and "villainy" from both of these sides. Strong agree! Both of these have brilliant players and more than a couple of sods. Lovely stuff.

06:49 PM

The teams

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.

06:47 PM

And here is the real thing

Ronaldo - Noushad Thekkayil/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock
Ronaldo - Noushad Thekkayil/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock  

06:46 PM

Portugal supporter

CR7 fan - Reuters
CR7 fan - Reuters  

06:45 PM

ITV showing the

Michael Sheen speech to the Wales team. I'm not even Welsh and I am absolutely pumped for them. Brilliant bit of telly.

06:42 PM

The ITV chaps

are deep in discussion about Declan Rice and what he brings to England.

I've enjoyed ITV so far this tournament. With Souness and Keane, ITV exerts an early authority over BBC

06:38 PM

What a match up in store

I fancied Urg as my dark horse fiver for the tournament but this match was obviously a potential fly in the ointment. I have to say, I really expected Uruguay to put South Korea away so coming into this with just one point is sub-optimal. I strongly suspect my dark horse fiver may be going down the jacks with many previous dark horse fivers now but who knows.

06:32 PM

Rate the players

Don't let those players get out of this unrated.

06:28 PM

And if you want to predict even more than just this match

You can do so here:

06:20 PM

Predict the score

06:11 PM

How Uruguay start the game... no Suarez

Starting XI: Rochet, Coates, Godin, Giminez, Varela, Valverde, Vecino, Bentancur, Olivera, Nunez, Cavani

Substitutes: Muslera, De la Cruz, Pellistri, Suarez, de Arrasceta, Sosa, Torreira, Vina, Gomez, Torres, Caceres, Canobbio, Ugarte, Rodriguez

06:10 PM

How Portugal line up

The shirts worn by Pepe , Ruben Dias and Raphael Guerreiro of Portugal are displayed in the dressing room prior to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group H match between Portugal and Uruguay at Lusail Stadium on November 28, 2022 in Lusail City, Qatar - Mike Hewitt - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Image
The shirts worn by Pepe , Ruben Dias and Raphael Guerreiro of Portugal are displayed in the dressing room prior to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group H match between Portugal and Uruguay at Lusail Stadium on November 28, 2022 in Lusail City, Qatar - Mike Hewitt - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Image  

Starting XI: Diogo Costa, Cancelo, Ruben Dias, Pepe, Nuno Mendes, Bernardo Silva, Neves, William Carvalho, Bruno Fernandes, Cristiano Ronaldo, Joao Felix

Substitutes: Rui Patricio, Dalot, Guerreiro, Joao Palhinha, Andre Silva, Sa, Rafael Leao, Vitinha, Joao Mario, Ricardo Horta, Nunes, Antonio Silva, Goncalo Ramos

05:59 PM

Good afternoon

And welcome to our live coverage for tonight's 7pm kick-off, the Group H game between Portugal and Uruguay. It is probably the match of the day and Portugal go into it in better shape than their rivals, after their 3-2 opening win against Ghana. Uruguay, on the other hand, laboured to a 0-0 draw against South Korea.

Portugal can qualify if they beat Uruguay tonight, which would take a lot of pressure out of that final group game against South Korea, who will struggle to qualify after losing 3-2 to Ghana earlier today. Uruguay probably need a result of some kind, but a draw would not be the end of the world. The myriad permutations are what tournament football is all about at this stage.

One familiar name - and face - who comes back into the fold for Portugal is 39-year-old Pepe, in what will be his 130th cap after Danilo Pereira sustained three rib fractures in (somehow) training this week.

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Portugal's defender Pepe takes part in a training session at Shahaniya Sports Club in Al Samriya, northwest of Doha on November 25, 2022 during the Qatar 2022 World Cup football tournament.  

Portugal manager Fernando Santos described Pereira's injury as "unexplained".  "After, we saw it was more serious than expected," he said. "We are following it up. I'm not a magical doctor. As far as I know he is evolving positively and we expect to have him very soon in the field of play. We cannot cry over spilt milk."

Speaking about Pepe, Santos said: "He's a monster. A monster. That's the answer to that question."

Regarding Uruguay, midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur was clear with what needs to be different.

"We need to change our play with the ball. We were a bit slow when building up and weren't able to break enough with the midfielders or with strikers."

"We need to improve speed, build-up and make the most of our strong points either on the flanks or in the middle," added manager Diego Alonso.

"We want to have more dynamism with the ball. Sometimes, if you are slow, you won't have enough chances."

The game kicks off at 7pm GMT and we will be here for the build-up, live updates and reaction from what could be a tasty clash.

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