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Uruguay primed to quell Ronaldo threat

Cristiano Ronaldo was lucky to stay on the pitch after an altercation with Iran’s Morteza Pouraliganji. AFP Cristiano Ronaldo was lucky to stay on the pitch after an altercation with Iran’s Morteza Pouraliganji. AFP
Edward Snyder | 30 June, 2018, 16:48

Cristiano Ronaldo can not beat Uruguay all by himself.

The unquestionable driving force and inspiration for Fernando Santos' men, Ronaldo flew out of the blocks in this tournament but missed a penalty and might have been sent off in a tempestuous encounter with Iran.

Yet the Barcelona striker bounced back by hitting the victor to down Saudi Arabia before finding the net again in a 3-0 win over Russian Federation, as Uruguay headed into the knockout rounds with maximum points.

"They are a typical South American side", said Santos.

"We have seen that in this World Cup there are no easy games". It has been like that for the whole of 2018.

Tabarez, who has coached Uruguay since 2006, has never hidden his admiration for his captain.

Santos played down suggestions that fans might be in for a boring game as two teams with water-tight defences face off.

"That is an additional factor".

When it comes to team news, Uruguay is hoping defender Jose Gimenez will be ready for this one after missing the Russian Federation match with a muscle injury. Not just [Diego] Godin. "We have our weapons and we're going to try to win".




The other is how does the midfield look - with William Carvalho the only nailed on starter.

Uruguay XI: Fernando Muslera; Martin Caceres, Jose Maria Gimenez, Diego Godin, Diego Laxalt, Nahitan Nandez, Matias Vecino, Lucas Torreira, Rodrigo Bentancur, Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani. They have not faced each other since July 1972, when they drew 1-1 at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana stadium. Portugal are so far unbeaten in their two previous meetings (W1 D1).

Uruguay will be looking to win their opening four games at a World Cup for only the second time after 1930, when they won the first ever World Cup. If they can come through Saturday's tie, they may even start to believe that they can go all the way and win a third World Cup, a first since 1950. Take the under (with apologies if you lose because one team scores the winning goal in extra time).

Uruguay is the only remaining side in this World Cup yet to concede a goal. Meanwhile, three of Portugal's last four goals have come from outside the box.

How do I watch online live streaming of the FIFA World Cup 2018 Uruguay vs Portugal Round of 16 match?

Cristiano Ronaldo will be desperate to fire Portugal to glory once again - with a crunch clash against Uruguay in the World Cup Round of 16.

Ronaldo began the tournament in spectacular fashion, with his stunning free kick completing a hat trick and snatching a 3-3 draw against Spain at Fisht Stadium.

"We'll be focused. But nine of those Portuguese players on that pitch are European Champions".

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