Uruguay got their Qatar 2022 World Cup campaign off to a fairly uninspiring start on Thursday as they played out a drab goalless draw against South Korea in the opening game of Group H, which means they trail Monday’s opponents Portugal by two points.
There was little for fans of either nation to get excited about in front of goal in that matchday one fixture. La Celeste were much less tidy in possession than their opponents in the first 45 minutes but managed to keep the South Koreans at arm’s length, so head coach Diego Alonso will have been pleased with his team’s defensive performance. And as we know, defending well is one of the hallmarks of a team that goes deep into a major tournament.
What Alonso will have been more concerned with, however, was his team’s attacking display and he will be looking for more of a threat on matchday two against Portugal. Uruguay did come closest to breaking the deadlock against South Korea as they hit the post twice, but those near misses came from a set-play and a trademark Fede Valverde thunderbolt from long-range; Alonso’s men created very little in open play.
Could Edinson Cavani start against Portugal?
Also worrying was the performance of veteran striker Luis Suárez, who was provided with very little service but looked off the pace and immobile, which meant he was hardly involved in the match. Suárez is undoubtedly still a lethal finisher in the penalty area but Uruguay created nothing for him and marginally improved when he went off.
Fellow thirtysomething Edinson Cavani was the man who came on to replace Suárez and was much livelier during his time on the field, even though he also registered a grand total of zero shots on goal. With that in mind, could we see a change in attack, with Cavani certainly able to cause more of a threat with his movement than Suárez?
Barcelona defender Ronald Araújo is not expected to be involved as he continues his recovery from a thigh injury, although Uruguay are hopeful he’ll be available if they qualify for the knockout stages.
Uruguay top scorers of all time 🇺🇾
6⃣7⃣ – Luis Suarez
5⃣8⃣ – Edinson Cavani
3⃣5⃣ – Diego Forlan
2⃣6⃣ – Sebastián Abreu
2⃣3⃣ – Oscar Miguez
One last dance from Suarez and Cavani? 😢 pic.twitter.com/CGC14rmxv8
— Stats24 (@_Stats24) November 24, 2022
Possible Uruguay XI :
Rochet; Cáceres, Godín, Giménez, Oliveira; Valverde, Bentancur, Vecino; Pellistri, Cavani, Nuñez.
When does Uruguay vs Portugal kick off?
The game between Uruguay and Portugal starts on Monday, 28 November 2022 at: