BBC pundit amazed by unbelievable run from Rodrigo Bentancur
Matthew Upson has told BBC Sport that the run from Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur during the first-half of Uruguay’s World Cup tie with Portugal was unbelievable, with the 25-year-old almost breaking the deadlock.
The first-half of the Group H encounter lacked quality, with neither side able to open the scoring before the whistle.
Certainly, no one came closer to finding the back of the net than Bentancur. The Spurs man went on a brilliant run just after the half-hour mark in Qatar.
Bentancur run unbelievable
He produced some superb composure to dance past the challenges which came his way. And ultimately, he ended up bearing down on goal, one on one with Diogo Costa.
Unfortunately for the two-time winners, Bentancur attempted to beat Costa with a low finish. However, the Portuguese – who has been linked with joining him at Tottenham – was able to get enough on the shot to keep it out.
Unsurprisingly, Bentancur was furious with himself. But Upson was full of praise for the Tottenham midfielder for creating the opportunity.
“Out of nowhere Rodrigo Bentancur has gone on an unbelievable run through the whole heart of the pitch. Darwin Nunez makes a great run that drags Pepe away, allowing him the space to get through one-on-one,” he told BBC Sport.
“He worms his way through two players but Costa completely saves Portugal. he gets enough on it to slow the ball and stop it. That would have been some goal.”
Spurs fans will be pleased that Bentancur appears to have taken his form with him to the World Cup. He was praised by Danny Murphy during Uruguay’s opening game against South Korea.
Of course, he has shown that he knows how to find the back of the net. He proved to be Tottenham’s unlikely hero when they were 3-2 down against Leeds just before the break.
The former Juventus man stepped up with two late goals in quick succession to earn Antonio Conte’s side the win.
Unfortunately, everyone was denied one of the all-time great World Cup goals this time around.