Team newsThe Portugal squad (opens in new tab) contains impressive strength in depth, but Fernando Santos is unlikely to make too many changes to the XI that started against Ghana. Ronald Araujo was included in the Uruguay squad (opens in new tab) despite not playing a club game since mid-September, and he will not be fit for this match. Luis Suarez struggled against South Korea but it would be a brave decision to drop the national team's long-time talisman. FormDespite the 3-2 win, Fernando Santos will have been disappointed by his team's lack of control against Ghana on matchday one. Uruguay were very laboured in possession against South Korea, creating little of note in a 0-0 draw.
Regardless of who’s picked, we’re set for a tense and juddering encounter. In the second half of their match against Ghana, Portugal looked to have found some kind of balance, the introduction of Leão’s pace and intelligent running helping create space for Fernandes’ incisive passing. Similarly, in the closing stages of their opening match against South Korea, it was Uruguay who doing more to force a winner – especially once Suárez was replaced by Edinson Cavani who, though he is the same age, has aged better.
But conversely, it’s also not that difficult to look at the slower pace of international football and understand why the experience and calmness of one of the greatest players ever is deemed essential. Interestingly, Uruguay are in a similar situation. Their centre-back pairing of Diego Godín and José María Giménez is of sumptuous nastiness, and in front of it can be found the already-excellent and fast-improving Rodrigo Bentancur alongside Federico Valverde, one of this season’s most devastating attacking players. In attack, the coltish, brutish Darwin Núñez will definitely start but Luis Suárez – another ageing superstar who can be useful in front of goal but otherwise trends towards anonymity – may not.
Players to watch / key battlesPortugal's defence will hold a high line due to Uruguay's lack of speed in behind, while they will look to work the ball to the likes of Bruno Fernandes and Bernardo Silva between the lines. Uruguay will again defend deep and hope to catch Portugal on the counter-attack, with Darwin Nunez their main outlet. Read more about the full Portugal and Uruguay full World Cup 2022 squads (opens in new tab). Group H tableSwipe to scroll horizontallyGroup H tableTeamPWLDPtsPortugal11003South Korea10011Uruguay10011Ghana10100Kick-off and channelPortugal vs Uruguay kick-off is at 7pm GMT on Monday 28 November in the UK. The game is free to watch on ITV1 and ITV Hub.
Portugal vs Uruguay is free on ITV1 and the ITV Hub in the UK. Brit abroad? Use a VPN to watch World Cup 2022 free (opens in new tab) from anywhere. Cristiano Ronaldo and co. will advance to the knockout stage with a game to spare if they emerge victorious on Monday. Uruguay were disappointing in their first encounter and a defeat here would put them in a precarious position in Group H. These two teams met in the round of 16 in Russia four years ago, when Uruguay ran out 2-1 winners. Kick-off is at 7pm GMT. Make sure you know how to watch World Cup 2022 (opens in new tab) wherever you are.
AHGlobal media-watchAfter decrying the “nightmare” of the defeat by Saudi Arabia, the Argentinian newspaper Olé greeted Saturday’s victory as “a colossal relief” – and a rescue job by Lionel Messi. Unsurprisingly the other papers have followed suit, largely overlooking Enzo Fernández’s late golazo in favour of placing the focus squarely on the man wearing No 10. Página 12 hailed the win as a “strength of hope”, Clarín called it “a triumph to get excited again” and Tiempo described the side as having won “the first final”.
In Mexico, meanwhile, there will be no public holidays doled out, Cancha describing the team as “on the canvas” with one point from two matches. The internet reactsOn the back of their shock dethroning of Germany, Japan fans went into their Group E meeting with Costa Rica in high spirits – and in full regalia. In the end, what they witnessed was something of a sickener: their side dominated the game without scoring before Keysher Fuller’s late gut-punch of a winner blew the group wide open.
Today’s matchesCameroon v Serbia (Group G, 10am GMT, ITV1) Both teams must recover from opening defeats and find their first goals of the tournament. Since the glory of their run to the quarter-finals in 1990, Cameroon have not made it out of the group stages while Serbia have never reached the knockouts.
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Ultimately, it’s impossible to predict an outcome with any authority, and that’s exactly as it should be. As Alex Trebek used to say, let’s play jeopardy! DHTalking pointsMisadventures on the mic“Expect the USA to play the same system, ” announced Martin Keown confidently as Croatia kicked off their match against, erm, Canada. Not the best start from the Beeb’s endearingly oddball co-commentator, whose North American buddies did him an immediate solid by diverting attention away from the slip-up with a dazzling goal. After a gentle detour into his England career in which Keown bemoaned having been picked for two World Cups without getting on the pitch (a fair enough qualm, though perhaps not one shared by Tony Adams, Sol Campbell or Rio Ferdinand) came his two-penneth on protective face masks: “I used to just get on with it.
But while the mood was dampened among the Japanese fans, they made sure not to abandon their famed habit of clearing up the stands after the final whistle, the shock result lending a note of melancholy to the wholesome tradition. It was a decidedly mixed day for Canada fans, who got to see their nation’s first-ever goal at a men’s World Cup finals – only for Croatia to hit back with four goals, destroying John Herdman’s claim that his team would “eff Croatia”. Andrej Kramaric, who got two of those goals, offered the quote of the day in response.
RefereeAlireza Faghani of Iran will be the referee for Portugal vs Uruguay. You can find out more about the World Cup 2022 referees here (opens in new tab). StadiumPortugal vs Uruguay will be played at the Lusail Iconic Stadium in Lusail. Take a look at all of the World Cup 2022 stadiums (opens in new tab) and see how it ranks.
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In the US, kick-off time is 2pm ET / 11am PT. The match will be shown on FOX/FS1 in the US. See below for international broadcast options. VPN guideIf you’re out of the country for the World Cup 2022, then you won't be able to watch on your domestic streaming service as usual. The broadcaster knows where you are because of your IP address (boo! ) and blocks you from watching it. You can use a VPN to get around that, though, without resorting to illegal feeds you’ve found on Reddit.
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