Portugal's Ronaldo faces tough Uruguay defence

Portugal's Ronaldo faces tough Uruguay defence

Portugal's Ronaldo faces tough Uruguay defence

Uruguay star striker Luis Suarez is on the opposite end of the famed Clasico rivalry with Ronaldo's Real Madrid, but the Barcelona man told reporters that has nothing to do with Saturday's World Cup clash.

The sides meet in Sochi on Saturday, with Uruguay the only team alongside Croatia from the six completed groups at Russian Federation 2018 to boast a 100 per cent record.

"We will study them". Ronaldo's battle with Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin promises to be interesting and depending who can keep their cool, could potentially win the match for their team. "When we attack we need to be able to attack, but it doesn't come from an abstract suggestion".

The South Americans come into this last-16 encounter having won all of their Group A matches while also not conceding a single goal.

"The match will be defined by details and we will try to limit their forwards".

2-time former World Cup winners Uruguay started off their campaign with hard earned 1-0 victory Egypt courtesy of 89th-minute victor by Jose Gimenez.

Gimenez is back with his Uruguay team-mates after a thigh injury ruled him out against Russian Federation.

Portugal's Gelson Martins and Raphael Guerreiro are back in contention after making a return to full training this week. It would be foolish to bet against him getting swiftly back on track.

Portugal coach Fernando Santos brushed aside various video assistant referee (VAR) decisions and a sub-par performance from Cristiano Ronaldo to stress his players achieved their main goal in a 1-1 draw with Iran by qualifying for the World Cup last 16.

Penalty shootouts excluded, Portugal have lost only one of their last 17 games at major tournaments (W8 D8), a 4-0 defeat against Germany at Brazil 2014.

And Uruguay has identified Ronaldo, with four goals so far at Russian Federation 2018, as the biggest threat to their hopes of a place in the last eight.

"Nine of the players on the pitch for Portugal are European champions, so that speaks of the quality, and we have been preparing for quite a while".

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