Rodrigo Bentancur almost scored a sensational individual goal in Uruguay’s clash against Portugal last night but was denied by Diogo Costa.

Uruguay fell to a 2-0 loss to Portugal on Monday to complicate the South American side’s chances of going through to the knockout stages.

Rodrigo Bentancur

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However, Diego Alonso’s men gave as good as they got for large parts of the encounter and were close to taking the lead courtesy of Bentancur in the 32nd minute.

The Tottenham man picked up the ball in Uruguay’s half and went on an amazing run, beating three Portuguese defenders and finding himself one on one with the goalkeeper, but he was not able to squeeze the ball past Costa.

The 24-year-old was left ruing the missed opportunity as Portugal scored twice through Bruno Fernandes in the second half to seal their passage into the knockout stages of the tournament, leaving Uruguay needing a win against Ghana to qualify.

Watch the full match highlights including Bentancur’s run below from 13 seconds onwards:

Spurs Web Opinion

It was a fantastic run by Bentancur but the finish was extremely poor. The midfielder had the right idea of squeezing it in between Costa’s legs as the goalkeeper was trying to make himself big.

All the Spurs man needed to do was strike the ball along the ground but he lifted it, meaning that the ball hit Costa. One could tell from Bentancur’s reaction that he was angry with himself for the finish as it would have been one of the goals of the tournament had he kept his composure.

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