World Cup 2022: Portugal Wants to Win Group to Avoid Brazil in Last 16

World Cup 2022: Portugal Wants to Win Group to Avoid Brazil in Last 16

  • Portugal and Brazil could meet as early as round of 16 if one of the two sides finish second in their groups
  • Both teams have made it to the knockout stages but need result in the final group game to win the group and avoid tough draw
  • Portugal coach Fernando Santos says he wants to avoid a meeting of two great teams early on in the knockout stages

Portugal and Brazil made it through the knockout stages of Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup yesterday with wins over Uruguay and Switzerland respectively.

The two countries need results in the final game to top their groups and avoid each other in the round of 16 , a draw would be enough to see both achieve their goals.

Portugal, Fernando Santos, Uruguay
Portugal coach Fernando Santos during the win over Uruguay. Photo by Markus Gilliar.
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Portugal will face already eliminated South Korea while Brazil will face highly motivated Cameroon who will hope to beat Brazil to have a chance of making the knockout stages of the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup.

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Brazil will be continue to be without Neymar for the match and Portugal has urged his team to beat South Korea so as to top the group and not just because of Brazil, he said this after last night's match quoted by Get Football.

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Fernando Santos statement

“If we both stay in first place [in our groups] it’s better, but, if we had to face each other, it would be a game between two great teams. But our wish, and Brazil’s, is that we meet later on. We want to be at the top of the group and not just because of Brazil.” he said.

Santos has enough attacking talent spearheaded by Cristiano Ronaldo at his disposal and should be enough to beat an already eliminated and demoralised South Korea.

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Portugal need full focus

Sports Brief earlier reported that Portugal have been rocked with different news regarding Cristiano Ronaldo's contract termination at Manchester United.

The news have generated news and questions around the Portuguese national team, with journalist asking questions from the coach and Ronaldo's former Manchester United's teammates.

They had another controversy in the 2-0 win over Uruguay which was awarded to Bruno Fernandes but Cristiano Ronaldo believes he got a touch to it.