Saturday, 21 July, 2018

Ronaldo can't beat Uruguay on his own, warns Portugal coach

Iranian fans try to keep Ronaldo awake so he doesn’t destroy them in World Cup Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates a goal against Morocco
Sergio Cook | 30 June, 2018, 16:49

He returned to training on Wednesday and should be fine to pair with Diego Gordin at the back.

On the contrary, the Selecaos dos Quinas midfield is yet to fire all cylinders - Joao Moutinho and William Carvalho have under-performed severely so far in Russian Federation.

The victor of Saturday's clash will face either France or Argentina in the quarter finals and, whatever the final score ends up being, one suspects that Ronaldo or Suarez will make an indelible imprint on the game.

Two-time winners Uruguay cruised through Group A, winning all three games, scoring five times and not conceding any, with a 3-0 win over Russian Federation securing top spot.

Gimenez and Suarez were respectively responsible for unremarkable 1-0 wins over Egypt and Saudi Arabia but the Barcelona striker and Cavani were both on target as host Russian Federation was exposed to a gulf in class and a 3-0 defeat.

Bernardo Silva, Joao Moutinho, Ricardo Quaresma, Joao Mario and Adrien Silva are the main contenders to join the defensive midfielder.

Uruguay and Portugal will face each other in what is expected to be a highly-contested match on Saturday.

"I don't know what kind of game it's going to be".

"There's not one single player who can contain him".

Fernando Santos is Portugal's current coach. "It's not just in this World Cup that they have not been conceding goals".

Uruguay head coach Oscar Tabarez. "That means he has a very strong relationship with his players".

Uruguay are hopeful Jose Maria Gimenez will return from injury to resume his centre-back partnership with Atletico Madrid team-mate Diego Godin.

Oh, and they have also inspired the latest craze: pizza art!

Uruguay have not exactly set this tournament alight with their attacking play either, but they are more adventurous and have a few more ideas when they come forward.

This will be the third encounter between Uruguay and Portugal and their first at the World Cup. Portugal are so far unbeaten in their two previous meetings (won one, drew one).

Their respective countries will square off in the Round of 16 stage on Saturday.

"Everybody can see that in this World Cup there are no easy games", Alves said.

But the 3rd match against Russian Federation saw why the Uruguayans have the best forward line-up in the World as Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani fired one each in between a Denis Cheryshev own goal to register a convincing 3-0 victory against the host nation as they qualified as group toppers from group A. Take the under (with apologies if you lose because one team scores the winning goal in extra time). Meanwhile, three of Portugal's last four goals have come from outside the box.

Ronaldo lifted Portugal to a 3-3 draw against Spain in their opening game, capping a hat-trick with a sensational free-kick.

If he plays, Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo (37) will equal Bastian Schweinsteiger (38) as the player with the most appearances at World Cups + European Championships.

This is Fernando Santos' fourth major tournament in a row as manager.

Where is FIFA World Cup 2018 Uruguay vs Portugal Round of 16 match?

The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicked off on June 14 and will continue until July 15, with the matches being played in 11 cities across Russian Federation.

Luis Suarez of Uruguay reacts during the match against Saudi Arabia. If Tabarez changed the way Uruguay operated right from the grassroots level, Santos taught an incredibly talented Portugal side how to win by instilling a pragmatic approach in them.

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