Portugal to last 16 after Uruguay win

Portugal beat Uruguay 2-0 with two goals from midfielder Bruno Fernandes to become the third team after France and Brazil to qualify for the knockout stages of the World Cup.

The Europeans had dominated possession before Fernandes’ cross floated past Uruguayan goalkeeper Sergio Rochet in the 54th minute, who was transfixed as the ball drifted over the line.

Cristiano Ronaldo got up to head the ball and initially celebrated the goal as his goal.

Fernandes scored the second in extra time after Portugal were awarded a penalty for handball following a video review.

Uruguay, who eliminated Portugal in Russia at the World Cup four years ago, will have a series of chances at half-time: midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur passed three players and saw his shot beautifully saved, Maxi Gomez hit the post and substitute Luis Suarez shot into the side net .

Portugal’s second win in two games put them top of Group H by six points and on their way to the last 16.

Uruguay, third by one point, must beat Ghana in their final group game for a chance to progress.

Ghana are second in the group after their 3-2 victory over South Korea earlier on Monday (Tuesday AEDT).

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