Uruguay defender Sebastian Coates believes his team’s familiarity with Portugal will serve them well in the Round of 16 clash at the World Cup.
The two sides will meet on Saturday after Uruguay topped Group A and Portugal finished second behind Spain in Group B.
Coates said of the encounter: “We know their players very well. We have had experience either against or with them at club level and so the familiarity is there.”
See Coates’ full comments, as well as what team-mate Matias Vecino had to say, in the video below.
Serbia showed class in fits and spurts and that was not enough as Switzerland finished in second place at their expense.
Alisson – Terrible punch into path of Mitrovic, which he was lucky not to concede from, was essentially his sole contribution. 5
Fagner – Brazil have solved their right-back condundrum thanks to a confident performance from Fagner, full of neat touches. 7
Thiago Silva – Cleaned up Alisson’s mess to block Mitrovic’s effort on the line and overpowered his marker to seal victory for the Canarinho. 8
Miranda – There are easier challenges than containing a bulldozing Mitrovic and the Internazionale defender was more than equal to the task. 7
Marcelo – Brazil’s most threatening outlet from wide areas hobbled off in the ninth minute and was replaced by Filipe Luis. 5
Paulinho – Goal-scorer was buccaneering early on for the first time in this tournament and then tired. Not surprising given his workload this season. 7
Casemiro – Was on top of Milinkovic-Savic and company except for a brief squall in the second half. Integral to Brazilian hopes. 8
Philippe Coutinho – Another game, another moment for the scrapbook. Gorgeous weighted pass to Paulinho eased Brazilian nerves. 8
Willian – Bullied off the ball far too often by more physical players though did create a good chance for Neymar late on. 6
Gabriel Jesus – For a striker – a Brazilian one no less – to be heading into the knockouts without any goals is concerning. On the periphery again. 5
Neymar – Swung in corner for Silva’s header and created a few chances, despite a constant swarm of defenders. Toned down the histrionics slightly, too. 7
Filipe Luis – He’s a Steady Eddie in a team full of Richie Riches. Solid enough but Marcelo’s forays, if he is to miss more time, will be sorely missed. 6
Fernandinho – Tite brought his engine on when Paulinho ran out of puff and he kept things ticking over nicely in midfield. 7
Renato Augusto – On for the final 10 minutes, didn’t make an impression – though there was no need to. N/A
A 2-0 win over Serbia saw Brazil boast a slightly superior goal difference to that of Switzerland’s to top Group E at the World Cup.
Blerim Dzemaili opened the scoring in the 31st minute for the Swiss before Kendall Watson headed Costa Rica level 11 minutes into the second period.
Josip Drmic popped up with a late strike for Switzerland but a stoppage time penalty from Bryan Ruiz secured a 2-2 draw.
Meanwhile, at the Otkrytie Arena, goals from Paulinho and Thiago Silva in either half sealed all three points for Brazil to win the Group.
The Selecao will face Mexico in the round of 16 while Switzerland are set to play Sweden.