Portugal-Uruguay clash more than Ronaldo, Suarez - Alves

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La Celeste's strength is based on the twin pillars of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani up front and Atletico Madrid center-back pairing Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez, who must face up to a familiar foe.

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.

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

Although Uruguay's success has been built on defensive resilience encapsulated by captain Diego Godin, the combination of Suarez and Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani is one of the World Cup's most risky forward pairings in the competition.

In other words, it won't be Suarez vs Ronaldo when Uruguay and Portugal meet in the World Cup round of 16 on Saturday night, it'll be team against team.

Both teams went unbeaten in the group stage, though late drama in Group B saw Portugal through as runners-up, while Uruguay won Group A after three wins and are yet to even concede a goal in Russian Federation.

Tabarez has led Uruguay for 12 years, restoring the small South American nation as a footballing power once again. "That means he has a very strong relationship with his players".

Away from the first game against Spain, Portugal haven't been great.

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"We are fighting for the same country and doing the best for the team, so we try and help each other as much as possible".

"We will take him seriously, but we will not be obsessed by it".

The summer in Russian Federation has already upstaged quite a few recent editions of the FIFA World Cup with its vivid moments and the knockout stages kick off with two captivating contests in France vs Argentina and Uruguay vs Portugal. However, they have lost their last three games in the World Cup knockout stages (1 goal scored, 5 conceded). He's reached the knockout stages on each previous occasion: Euro 2012 quarter-finals & World Cup 2014 round of 16 with Greece; Euro 2016 winners and at the very least World Cup 2018 round of 16 with Portugal.

Football statisticians Gracenote Sports believe Portugal have a 6% chance of winning the World Cup, while Uruguay's chances are rated at 5%.

The FIFA World Cup 2018 Uruguay vs Portugal Round of 16 match begins at 11:30 pm (IST).

Uruguay will be looking to win their opening four games at a World Cup tournament for only the second time after 1930 when they won the first ever World Cup. "Portugal wants to win".

"I think this Portugal team is ready for everything".

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