Uruguay primed to quell Ronaldo threat

Uruguay primed to quell Ronaldo threat

Uruguay primed to quell Ronaldo threat

"We have to play as a team".

Euro 2016 winners Portugal take on 2010 World Cup fourth-placed side Uruguay in the last 16 of the tournament on Saturday.

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. - All five of Uruguay's goals at Russian Federation 2018 have been scored from set pieces (three from corners, 1 from direct free kick and 1 from an indirect free kick).

Portugal, the reigning European champions, meanwhile have an interesting amalgamation of youth and experience, but in spite of their recent successes under Fernando Santos, do not possess an well-rounded starting eleven.

Tabarez has led Uruguay for 12 years, restoring the small South American nation as a footballing power once again.

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Ronaldo, though, has already scored four times at this World Cup, including a hat-trick on his last visit here when Portugal drew 3-3 with Spain. Portugal pulled off a World Cup classic in their opener against Spain and dispatched an inspired Morocco thanks to their skipper, but were then shaken up by Iranian resilience, all the while embroiled in controversial decisions from the VAR. "That means he has a very strong relationship with his players".

Not Diego Godin. Nobody. However, they have lost their last three games in the World Cup knockout stages (1 goal scored, 5 conceded). That 1-1 draw on Monday saw them finish second in Group B to set up a match against Luis Suarez and Uruguay, whereas group winners Spain face an easier-looking tie against hosts Russian Federation.

But while Ronaldo has scored four of his team's five goals at the showpiece event, Coates said Uruguay could not afford to focus only on the star forward.

Cristiano Ronaldo and co were not at all convincing in the group stage, and scraped into the knockout rounds with a 1-1 draw against Iran.

"Everybody knows that any team in the world depends on its players, and of course we have one of the best in the world, but you can ask the Uruguay coach the same question about [Luis] Suarez, [Edinson] Cavani - you have great players in every team". They set their stall out not to concede and think "if we score we win". "Portugal, like everyone else playing on Saturday, are one of 11 teams with at least 5% chance of winning the competition".

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