Do you want to watch Uruguay vs. Portugal online for free? In this post, we’ll explain where you can live stream the 2018 World Cup knockout round (sometimes called the Round of 16) no matter where you are in the world. Using a Virtual Private Network (VPN), you can access streams from France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, or any other country you can think of.
Uruguay will face off against Portugal on June 30, at 7PM BST (11AM PST/ 2PM EST). This is actually the second game of the knockout round, and the last one of the day, with France v Argentina played earlier in the day.
The FIFA World Cup is being broadcast all over the world, so there’s a good chance that you can use your country’s sources to stream the entire tournament for free. Further, many broadcasters are freely offering partial World Cup coverage, so you can watch your favorite team in action, at least.
How to watch the World Cup knockout round online
The 2018 World Cup is being broadcast in various different languages, but predictably, English speakers have the most options. Below, we’ve created an at-a-glance guide to the official broadcasters in major English-speaking countries.
- US: Fox Sports
- Canada: TSN, CTV, RDS
- UK: BBC, ITV
- Australia: SBS, Optus Sport
Note that not every service will be showing the World Cup for free. Premium services usually offer comprehensive coverage of every fixture, and some even offer 4K streams or additional sports channels as part of the deal. If you’re unsure about whether to use a subscription service or not, find one with a trial period so you can cancel if you don’t like it. In this article we’ll cover what we see as the best options to live stream Portugal vs Uruguay but if you want to see an even more extensive list see our full round up of how to live stream World Cup games.
The best VPN for the 2018 World Cup: ExpressVPN
We recommend watching the 2018 World Cup with ExpressVPN. This is a lightweight, user-friendly VPN that’s fast enough to stream live, HD content with minimal buffering and no noticeable lag. With servers in over 90 countries, a robust suite of security options, and the ability to unblock difficult platforms such as the BBC iPlayer, ExpressVPN offers everything you’ll ever need to stream safely online.
Registration is very simple and only takes a minute. All you have to do is choose a subscription period (one, six, or twelve months), and make a payment. ExpressVPN has a 30-day money back guarantee, so you can trial the service while watching every remaining World Cup fixture. If you choose not to continue using ExpressVPN after 30 days, you’ll receive a full refund.
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Streaming the FIFA World Cup: free and paid options
How to stream the World Cup in the UK
The BBC are sharing UK World Cup broadcast rights with ITV. This means that whenever a game is on, you’ll find it streaming on either the ITV Hub or BBC iPlayer. You can also watch on TVPlayer.com, a fully legal site with live streams of several UK channels including BBC1 and ITV. Today, ITV is showing Uruguay vs. Portugal while the BBC is showing France vs. Argentina.
Remember: UK law requires you to have a TV License if you’re watching content as it’s shown on TV. Despite this, none of the above platforms really check; the iPlayer will ask you to confirm you have a TV License, but that’s all.
Streaming the World Cup in the US
Fox Sports is the US’ only English-language World Cup broadcaster. There is one catch: you have to sign in with your cable provider’s details before you can watch anything. Luckily, there’s also the option to login using one of the following streaming subscriptions:
- DirecTV Now
- Hulu with Live TV
- PlayStation Vue
- Sling TV
- YouTube TV
Fox Sports is very difficult to sign up for if you’re not a US resident. It checks to see if your payment method is registered with an American address, and if not, prevents you from registering. However, if you already have a Fox Sports account and are just out of the country, you can access all of its content using a VPN.
If you’d prefer to watch in Spanish, you can watch via Telemundo Deportes. This service offers full coverage of every 2018 World Cup game, but requires you to log in with your cable provider’s details. You’ll also need a cable package that includes Telemundo Deportes and NBC Universo.
These services even have official addons in case you’d prefer to watch on Kodi. Just be sure to avoid unofficial sports addons; while they’re often recommended on forums, their streams are usually unreliable and poor-quality. The World Cup is being shown by hundreds of official sources anyway, so there’s really no point using unlicensed streams.
Watching the World Cup in Canada
RDS, TSN, and CTV are all vying for Canadian viewers’ attention. These networks are all showing the same fixtures, all have a dedicated app for mobile devices, and all ask you to sign in with your cable provider’s details before you can stream anything.
If you don’t have cable, there’s another option: RDS and TSN allow you to subscribe for $24.99 (CAD) a month. Although this seems fairly expensive for a single channel, it’s about the same as a World Cup pass costs on a sports streaming service. You can always cancel after the World Cup, if you’d like.
TSN and CTV are both in English while RDS will be broadcasting in French.
How to watch the FIFA World Cup in Australia
Until recently, Optus Sport was the only way to watch the entire 2018 World Cup in Australia. However, due to unforeseen complications and technical issues, Optus has allowed its exclusive fixtures to be broadcast on SBS, specifically, on The World Game website.
This service is free-to-use and doesn’t require users to register. As such, it’s the perfect place to stay up-to-date with all the action as it happens.
How to watch Uruguay vs. Portugal from a competing country
In Uruguay, there are two broadcasters (TyC and DirecTV) who are showing every single World Cup match, and two more (Monte Carlo and Teledoce) providing partial coverage.
TyC can be watched for free online if you’re already a subscriber. If not, you can watch Uruguay vs. Portugal on Monte Carlo or Teledoce, free of charge. Note that neither of these services will be showing France vs. Argentina, however.
Live outside of Uruguay but still want Spanish coverage? No problem:
Sky Sports México and Televisa will be showing every World Cup game in Mexico. Televisa is free, and as such, the stronger choice for people only interested in the World Cup. Sky Sports has a greater range of sports coverage overall, though, so may be a good choice for sports fans.
In Costa Rica, Teletica is showing each and every World Cup fixture. However, these will only be available on TV, not online. Instead, there are two options: MoviStar and Sky Měxico. MoviStar are offering free coverage of 32 matches to their subscribers, while Sky will show each game.
In Argentina, Televisión Pública have the rights to broadcast 32 FIFA World Cup games. It’s showing both of today’s matches (France vs. Argentina and Uruguay vs. Portugal), and all future fixtures, for free, with no registration required to watch.
Mediaset España are the only World Cup broadcaster in Spain. You can watch every game of the tournament for free on either Telecinco or Cuatro.
In Peru, you can watch selected matches on Latina, or the full tournament on DirecTV. While Latina is free, DirecTV requires a subscription, with prices starting at S. 139 per month). Further, Latina doesn’t have any kind of online TV schedule, so you’ll have to check at kickoff time, which is hardly ideal.
All of the sources above with have Spanish commentary.
SIC and RTP will show World Cup matches sporadically. Today, you can catch Uruguay vs. Portugal on SIC, but RTP isn’t showing any matches. Unfortunately, there’s only one Portuguese service showing every single game: Sport TV.
Sport TV is a subscription streaming service that costs €9.99 a month. If you’re interested in watching in 4K, or following sports other than soccer, there are more expensive packages available that would fit your needs.
All of the sources above will broadcast World Cup coverage in Portuguese.
FIFA World Cup Round of 16: How to watch from other countries
The World Cup is a global phenomenon. As a result, it’s being broadcast in over 100 countries, in many different languages. We’ve created a short list of foreign-language, free-to-watch broadcasters below, but if your native language isn’t mentioned, see if you can find a suitable source here.
- French: TF1
- German: ARD, ORF, SRG SSR, ZDF
- Arabic: BTV, KAN11, MAKAN 33
- Italian: Mediaset
- Russian: Match TV, Perviy Kanal, VGTRK
- Dutch: DR, NOS
- Bengali: BTV
Just because a source is free doesn’t mean it’s available anywhere. You first have to connect to one of your VPN’s servers in the correct location before you can watch anything. We’d advise doing a test run on live video before the game actually starts so you’re aware of any problems beforehand.
Disclaimer: Comparitech does not condone or encourage any copyright violation, including streaming video from pirated sources. Although VPNs can skirt geographical restrictions and mask the user’s identity, please consider the local laws, victims, and risks of piracy before downloading or streaming copyrighted material without permission.