Cristiano Ronaldo didn't have the best time of it in his last Fifa World Cup 2018 game, missing a penalty and finding it difficult in open play to add to his four-goal tally. Changing that will be the plan for the Portugal captain when the European champions face off against Luis Suarez's Uruguay in a should-be-brilliant Fifa World Cup 2018 round of 16 match. Ronaldo started the World Cup like a house on fire, smashing a hat-trick against Spain, before scoring the crucial goal that pretty much sealed Portugal's place in the last 16. While they made heavy weather of it against Iran, you always felt there was only going to be one result – Portugal making it to the round of 16, with the only question being if it would be as the group winners or runners-up. It ended up being the latter, which has meant a difficult last 16 match against Uruguay, who always seem to know what to do when it comes to major tournaments. The fact that they have a stingy defence – they are yet to … [Read more...] about Uruguay vs Portugal match details; Who will win Fifa World Cup 2018 match?
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After 15 days of riveting action, 16 teams are left standing and as many teams are heading home from Fifa World Cup 2018 in Russia. The group stages were filled with a lot of surprises as the big boys of world football didn't have it easy against lower-ranked teams. The curse of the champions continued as 2014 winners Germany were knocked out of the tournament after their shock defeats to Mexico and Asian side, South Korea. Argentina was made to work hard for their qualification and at one point in time, the pressure on Lionel Messi's shoulders was immense, given they faced a must-win situation in their final group game after having been blanked 3-0 by Croatia in their previous encounter. The knockout stages will be played without an African side for the first time since 1982. On the other hand, there was a joy for Asian as Japan was the only side from the continent to make it to the Round of 16 from a fiercely-fought Group H. As we enter the knockout stages of the World Cup, here's a … [Read more...] about FIFA World Cup 2018: Check round of 16 schedule date and time of knockout matches
European champions Portugal take on Iran in their final Group B tie of Fifa World Cup 2018 on Monday, June 25, at the Mordovia Arena in Saransk. The Group B match between Portugal and Iran will start at 9 pm local time, 7 pm BST and 2 am SGT (next day). What is in store for Portugal and Iran? With a spot in the Round of 16 up for the grabs, both teams are expected to go full throttle in Saransk later today. While a draw will be enough for Portugal to make the progress, Iran will have to punch above their weight as they face a do-or-die situation. Iran can also go through to the knockout stage with a draw, provided Morocco stun former champions Spain in Kaliningrad. Both the Group B matches will run simultaneously, adding spice to the matchday. Portugal has been heavily reliant on Real Madrid superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo. The captain has scored all four goals for the team — a hat-trick against Spain and the only goal in their win over Morocco. While Fernando Santos will be … [Read more...] about Portugal vs Iran live: Where to watch Fifa World Cup 2018 Group B match
Spain and Portugal might have put on the most thrilling game of the Fifa World Cup 2018 so far, but both teams still have work to do in their final group games to progress into the knockout rounds in Russia. While the odds are stacked in their favour, the two teams will know nothing can be taken for granted. Spain and Portugal sit atop the standings in Group B at the moment, with four points each. After playing out that unforgettable 3-3 draw to kick-off their Fifa World Cup 2018 campaigns, Spain eked out a 1-0 victory over Iran, which got them the first win they needed. Portugal also picked up the three points with the same scoreline, with Morocco unable to answer back after Cristiano Ronaldo scored his fourth goal of this World Cup in Russia. Iran is third in Group B, with the three points they picked up against Morocco – courtesy a late own goal. Morocco is yet to get off the mark, and despite a couple of decent performances, they have been unable to pick up a point or even … [Read more...] about What Spain and Portugal need to do to qualify for next round in FIFA World Cup 2018
Cristiano Ronaldo is centre-stage again when Portugal play their second group game of the Fifa World Cup 2018. After a Ronaldo hat-trick helped Portugal to a draw against Spain, the European champions will now look for their first victory when they play Morocco on Wednesday. On paper, this should be a much easier game for Portugal, considering Spain is one of the favourites to lift the World Cup title. However, what the "easier game" tag also means is that Portugal will have to change their tactics. Against Spain, they used their speed on the counter-attack to great effect, with Ronaldo running riot, scoring his first ever World Cup hat-trick and an incredible 51st of his career. Against Morocco, that might not work, because Portugal, most likely, will be the ones with the majority of the possession. So, Fernando Santos will need to think of a plan to beat the Morocco defence, without using that power on the counter-attack. That could mean Andre Silva coming into the starting XI for … [Read more...] about Portugal vs Morocco team news: Starting XI for Fifa World Cup 2018 Group B clash, live from Russia