Tabarez: It will take entire Uruguay team to stop Cristiano Ronaldo

Iranian fans try to keep Ronaldo awake so he doesn’t destroy them in World Cup

That approach has remained the same in Russian Federation, but of the 32 teams at the competition, only Saudi Arabia and Spain boast a cleaner disciplinary record than Uruguay, who have committed just 42 fouls in three games. "That means he has a very strong relationship with his players".

Clubless William Carvalho could miss the game for Portugal, having been absent from training in the build-up with a minor injury, but Gelson Martins and Raphael Guerreiro are fit to start.

Suarez was frustrated during the opening game against Egypt but appears to be coming to a boil just at the right time - he has managed to avoid any further World Cup controversies so far as well, following 2010's handball and 2014's biting. "You have a coach who has been working with them for 12 years, very experienced, very high-quality", he said, adding that they have yet to concede a goal in 2018.

"I am happy. records are there to be broken", Suarez said after beating Russian Federation 3-0 in Uruguay's final group stage match, according to Reuters.

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

Ricardo Quaresma's superb strike gave them the lead against Iran in their third group game, before Ronaldo missed a penalty.

With 27 meetings against Ronaldo in the fiery Madrid derby, Godin knows how to shackle the evergreen forward.

Portugal are not a one-man team reliant on captain and all-time leading goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo, according to head coach Fernando Santos.




Since the format of the World Cup changed in 1986 to include a round of 16, Uruguay have been eliminated on three of the four occasions they've reached that stage, losing in 1986, 1990 and 2014, but progressing in 2010 against South Korea.

All five of Uruguay's goals at the 2018 World Cup have been scored from set-pieces (three from corners, one from a direct free-kick and one from an indirect free-kick).

Cristiano Ronaldo has so far failed to score a single goal for Portugal in the knockout stages of the World Cup: 424 minutes, no goals.

Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group B soccer match between Iran and Portugal at the Mordovia Arena in Saransk on June 25, 2018.

A Real Madrid versus Barcelona subplot will be a part of the narrative as Portugal and Uruguay do battle in the Fisht Stadium with a place in the World Cup quarter finals at stake. - Penalty shootouts excluded, Portugal has lost only one of its last 17 games at major tournaments (W8 D8), a 4-0 defeat against Germany at Brazil 2014.

The squad is fully fit and nobody is suspended, but boss Fernando Santos has some big decisions to make.

And the Uruguayans hold their opponents in equally high regard, conscious that Ronaldo is supported by younger talents like Bernardo Silva and Goncalo Guedes.

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