November 28, 2022 World Cup news and highlights
Portugal punched its ticket to the knockout round of the World Cup with a 2-0 victory Monday over Uruguay in Group H.
In the 54th minute, Portugal broke the 0-0 tie. Bruno Fernandes chipped a cross into the box as Cristiano Ronaldo darted toward the goal. It initially appeared Ronaldo might have gotten his head to the ball but it just sailed over him and into the back of the net.
Knowing the path to advance just became much harder, Uruguay began to play with more urgency. After coming on as a substitute, Maxi Gomez stung the woodwork of the goalpost to nearly get the equalizer. Luis Suarez also had a good chance from point-blank range that hit the side netting.
In the 90th minute, the referee awarded Portugal a penalty after a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) check deemed that Uruguay committed a handball in the penalty box. Fernandes stepped to the spot and put the ball coolly to the goalie's right as he dove the other way to seal the game for Portugal.
With the win, Portugal joins France and Brazil as the only teams that have advanced so far to the Round of 16.
Uruguay has a lot of work to do to get to the next round. It will need to beat Ghana in the final group stage match, plus get help on goal differential.
Portugal was awarded a penalty after a video review and Bruno Fernandes scored a second goal for the team in extra time.
A few minutes before Bruno Fernandes opened the scoring for Portugal, a pitch invader carrying a rainbow flag brought the game to a temporary halt at the Lusail Iconic Stadium in Qatar.
The fan was wearing a Superman shirt with the words "Save Ukraine" on the front of the shirt and "Respect for Iranian Woman" on the back.
The incident happened in the 51st minute of the game. The FIFA global television feed avoided showing the pitch invader, but the individual could be seen running on the field trailing the flag as they were pursued by security officials. The match official was later seen picking the flag up off the turf.
CNN has reached out to FIFA and the Qatar tournament organizers for more information on the incident.
On Saturday, two German soccer fans told CNN that they were asked by security officials to remove the rainbow-colored items they were wearing as they made their way to watch the World Cup match between France and Denmark.
Last week, American journalist Grant Wahl and former Wales captain Laura McAllister both said they were told by security staff to remove clothing with rainbow-colored patterns.
Wahl said he was released 25 minutes after being detained and received apologies from a FIFA representative and a senior member of the security team at the stadium.
When asked to clarify the dress code for fans, FIFA referred CNN to the tournament handbook, which states “expats and tourists are free to wear the clothing of their choice, as long as it is modest and respectful to the culture.”
After some Wales fans were also denied entry into stadiums for wearing rainbow-colored bucket hats, the Welsh Football Association said FIFA told the federation on Thursday that rainbow-colored flags and hats would be permitted at World Cup stadiums in Qatar.
Portugal opened the scoring with a goal in the 54th minute against Uruguay.
The shot was struck by Bruno Fernandes and Christiano Ronaldo rose to head it in front of the Uruguay goal. But it was unclear whether he touched it.
At first, the score was attributed to Ronaldo although FIFA later said the scorer was Fernandes.
The second half of the match between Portugal and Uruguay is underway. The teams are tied 0-0.
Portugal dominated the first half in terms of ball possession and shots on goal. But it couldn't seem to find a way through as Uruguay defended stoutly inside its own half.
We'll see if Portugal's creative players — like Bruno Fernandes, who had two assists in the World Cup opener — can unlock Uruguay in the second period.
And despite losing the possession battle, it was Uruguay that had the best chance of the half.
In the 32nd minute and against the run of play, Uruguayan midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur made an incredible run, driving the ball forward from his own half and weaving his way through the Portuguese defense. But Portugal's goalie Diogo Costa came out and managed to deny Bentancur what would have been an exceptional individual goal.
If Portugal wins, it will advance to the knockout round. Uruguay cannot advance or be eliminated today. But if Uruguay wins tonight, it only needs a draw against Ghana in the final group match to advance.
"Football is everything": How Portugal star Rúben Dias forged his winning mentality
“It will definitely be a special moment,” he told CNN ahead of the tournament.
“I had the chance of being in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. And I definitely felt a different perspective because it’s one thing to watch it from the outside, you know how big it is, but then to actually live it and be there, it’s just something else," he said. “As a player, it’s probably the biggest [trophy] you can achieve. It’s unfair to put it into words, to be honest, the feeling you must have after you’ve done it.”
Dias was included in Portugal’s 2018 squad but the then 21-year-old picked up an injury and didn’t feature in any matches.
Portugal vs. Uruguay gets underway. If Portugal wins, it will advance to the knockout round. Uruguay cannot advance or be eliminated today.
Brazil and France are the only two teams with a spot in the Round of 16 so far.
Portugal and Uruguay are set to play at 2 p.m. ET. Here's a look at the lineups:
Defenders: Sebastián Coates, José María Giménez, Diego Godín, Mathías Olivera