Tonight's late kick-off saw Portugal take on Uruguay. While Portugal controlled the first half, Uruguay had the best chance to score but failed. The second half was more even after Uruguay made changes in players and formation. Ronaldo claimed the first goal with a "glancing" header that only he seemed to believe he touched. FIFA has officially given the goal to Fernandes. The game became something of an end-to-end thriller with Uruguay hitting the post before Portugal was awarded a controversial penalty in added time, which Fernandes slotted home.
Portugal go through to the knock-out stages, while Uruguay will need to show more quality to beat Ghana in their last group match. That's a spicy prospect given the controversy surrounding their last encounter in the 2010 World Cup quarter-final.
Uruguay played a great second half and had lots of chances, but they just couldn't capitalize and then when the VAR confirmed the handball against them late in the game that was all she wrote. Portugal has the better players but Uruguay showed me something. They may not make it out of group play, but no one should take them lightly.
The most bizarre incident so far took place earlier when the South Korean coach was given a red card after the game. You rarely see coaches get red cards, and I don't think I have ever seen it in the world cup before.
As for the tournament, I am kind of pulling for Messi and Argentina to get it, but France looks great so far as well. Will be interesting to see the rest of group play. My thoughts so far is that the winner will come from a group consisting of France, Argentina, England, Brazil, and Portugal.