Portugal-Uruguay clash more than Ronaldo, Suarez - Alves

Portugal-Uruguay clash more than Ronaldo, Suarez - Alves

Portugal-Uruguay clash more than Ronaldo, Suarez - Alves

The FIFA World Cup 2018 Uruguay vs Portugal Round of 16 match will be played at the Fisht Stadium, Sochi.

Portugal have the edge over Uruguay's all-star attack thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo's brilliance, according to right-back Cedric Soares.

Although the Portuguese have not lost a single major tournament match since suffering a shocking 4-0 humiliation to Germany at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, La Celeste Olimpica pride itself in having kept their goal line clean for the past seven months. "They're a strong team but we also have our qualities and we will try to win the game".

The bad one being that the South Americans would eliminate the European champions on Saturday night. But history weighs less heavily on him than on Messi, the benefit of playing for a smaller nation that's never reached a World Cup final.

"We are in good shape, we have been working together for 12 years and achieving our objectives gradually, little by little", Tabarez said.

The South American side have looked compact and defensively strong in their group games and came away with three victories from Group A. More importantly, their last performance a 3-0 win against hosts Russian Federation highlighted their attacking intent and underlined their potential as dark horses in the tournament.

"I believe Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best strikers in the world", Tabarez said.

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.

"I don't think it will be a duel between Suarez and Ronaldo", Alves said on Thursday.

La Celeste have yet to allow a goal, their back line anchored by captain Diego Godin and his Atletico Madrid teammate Jose Maria Gimenez, who missed the squad's final group game against Russian Federation with a thigh injury.

Cristiano Ronaldo can equal the record as the player with the most appearances at the World Cups and European Championships if he plays in Portugal's next match against Uruguay while Ronaldo is yet to score a goal in 424 minutes for Portugal in the knockout stages of the World Cup. "It is true, though, that when both teams cancel each other out, that is where the individuals come to the fore".

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