The duel between Uruguay and Portugal is the one in which both teams have high team chemistry and understanding.
TThey are defensive minded and don’t take much risk going forward, so this match has small number of goals written all over it.
- Oscar Tabarez proved that his side is tactically flexible, as he changed to 4-3-1-2 in the match against Russia to cope with Dzyuba’s aerial play and Russia’s aggressive attacks on second ball. Players that play out wide are versatile and are able to cover positions both on the flank and in the middle.
They are a very solid side defensively, relying on great link up play and understanding between Cavani and Suarez on opponent’s half of the field. They have scored quite often from set-pieces, so they are definitely going to try and hurt Portugal from this particular aspect.
- Portugal is, along with France, the most stable and balanced side since the beginning of the competition. They have developed high level of understanding and tactical intelligence under Santos, and are definitely one of contenders to get into the finals.
They base their game on solid and compact defensive structure and 2 players up front who are ready to make runs in behind the defensive line in every possible situation. Bruno Fernandes and Joao Mario have crucial role from the defensive point of view, as both must provide cover both for Ronaldo and for central midfielders when they step out to close down opponents.
This looks like it is going to be a tight match up, with Portugal edging through into the next stage.