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Portugal Fails to Advance After Loss to Uruguay

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By Shae Beaudoin // @ShaeEliz

For all of us Portugal fans, our 2018 FIFA World Cup chances are over. After finishing second in the Group stages, Portugal faced Uruguay in the second match of the Round of 16. Unfortunately, once we hit Round of 16, there are no second chances. A win sends you forward and a loss sends you home.

This was definitely a rough game. We Portugal fans had to start worrying just 7 minutes in when Edinson Cavani put Uruguay on the score board. Yeah, I was a little worried at this point, but I also know our team, and I knew that Portugal wasn’t out of the running just because they were trailing by one goal.

This was overall a pretty fair game. The referee didn’t pull out yellow cards like they were trick-or-treats on Halloween. In fact, the card only left his pocket once during the whole match. Considering how the rest of the matches have gone so far in this World Cup, I’m counting that as an improvement.

Other than that first goal, there isn’t too much to share about the first half. These teams both played well and most importantly, the match was extremely even. It could have gone either way at any point in time.

Second half is when Portugal seemed to get their heads in the game.

In the 55th minute, Pepe tied things up and breathed new life into the Portugal fans. We could breathe a little easier. Ten minutes, at least, before Cavani made his second goal. Before he could go for his hat trick, Cavani ended up injured and came off the field.

If you weren’t able to tune in for this game, we really need to highlight this for a second because of the extremely touching moment between Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani. As Cavani limped off the field, Ronaldo came over and lended the striker a shoulder to lean on and helped him off the field.

That is the A+ sportsmanship I love to see. Even though this man is the reason Portugal was about to go home, Ronaldo didn’t let that stop him from being a good person. Whether it was for the spotlight or not you have to commend him. If I was in that situation, with my whole nation’s chances of advancing on my shoulders, I highly doubt I would have even thought about helping the other team out in any capacity.

But back to the match. Closing out second half, the score stood Uruguay 2, Portugal 1. And then the fourth official gifted us with six whole minutes of added stress time. I don’t think I’ve ever wished so hard for an equalizer in my life. (Though, spoiler alert, after the stress of Sunday’s Spain/Russian tiebreaker shootout, I realize that maybe it’s better I didn’t get my wish.)

Of course, you’ve read this far, you know Portugal didn’t get the equalizer and they are in fact, eliminated from the competition. It’s been a rough weekend for me. Three L’s with all the teams I support and the only solace is that Argentina and Lionel Messi were also eliminated on Saturday, thanks to the French.

That wraps up my coverage of the 2018 World Cup now that both my teams have been eliminated. I haven’t decided who I’m rooting for next. France? Brazil? I guess we’ll see. Who do you still have in the competition?

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The Game We Were All Waiting For… Spain vs. Portugal!

Shae Beaudoin - Orlando City SC/mlsfemale
Official Orlando City Reporter

By Shae Beaudoin // @ShaeEliz

Group B: June 15

Long-time rivals Spain and Portugal met early in this year’s World Cup shuffle and arguably, this game was the most anticipated of the initial pairings. The two played on Friday afternoon and gave us a game we never wanted to end and exactly the type of match we expect from the World Cup.

My heart is with both Spain and Portugal. I know, this is a party foul. But if you follow me, you know I love Real Madrid, and my team is split between Spain and Portugal so I will happily root for both as long as I can. This first matchup between the two was exactly the game I could have hoped for. Welcome to the 2018 World Cup, everyone! I hope we’re all ready for a ride!

The excitement started early when just 3 minutes in Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo was taken down inside the box and awarded a penalty kick. Ronaldo made light work of tucking that away and put Portugal on the board. Things remained pretty quiet until Spain’s Diego Costa tied things up 20 minutes later.

And poor David De Gea, arguably one of the best goalkeepers in the world, didn’t quite get a full grasp on the ball. It slipped past him and Ronaldo brought the score to Portugal 2, Spain 1, going into halftime. And if you thought it was intense to this point, just wait, we have another 45 full minutes to cover.

Spain came back from halftime with a vengeance. The 2010 FIFA World Cup winners are not ones you want to count out early. David Costa tucked one away, and José Ignacio Fernández Iglesias (better known as Nacho) followed, bringing the score to Spain 3, Portugal 2.

In the 87th minute, Spain gave away another costly foul, awarding Ronaldo a free kick dangerously close to the box. A beautiful kick with a perfect curve made it around the Spanish wall and right into the top corner of the net. And just like that, Cristiano Ronaldo secured his hat-trick, became the oldest player in World Cup history to do so, and matched the number of career goals he’s made in all his World Cup appearances in just 90 minutes.

And that brings our score to 3-3, which is where it ended. Didn’t I say this match was one we didn’t want to end? If you missed it, try to catch a replay. Seriously. This game was insanity.

Group B also includes Iran and Morocco. Iran defeated Morocco 1-0 just before Spain and Portugal clashed, so Iran currently sits nicely at the top of the group with 3 points, Spain and Portugal are tied with 1 point each. How are we feeling so far? Is this the year Ronaldo adds a World Cup to his impressive collection? 

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