Uruguay vs. Portugal preview, players to watch, key stats

Uruguay vs. Portugal preview, players to watch, key stats

Uruguay vs. Portugal preview, players to watch, key stats

The question is whether Ronaldo has it in his locker to tear down Uruguayan walls regardless and add to his tally of four goals, with Portugal's supporting cast hoping their record scorer can dazzle once again in Russian Federation. It has been like that for the whole of 2018.

Godin has committed just three fouls in the tournament so far while Ronaldo has been brought down 13 times. "We wanted to keep growing throughout the World Cup and after winning two matches 1-0, we wanted to do better today". "We have been preparing for quite a while, for 12 years we have been working with this team, achieving our goals step by step", Tabarez explained. Oscar Tabarez is the longest-serving worldwide manager.

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.

"It's the team that has to play, if Ronaldo plays alone we're going to lose". In midfield they have one who plays for Juventus and one for Inter.

Back in 1986, Ernie Walker, the secretary of the Scottish Football Association, claimed Scotland had "found ourselves on the field with cheats and cowards - we were associated with the scum of world football", after Alex Ferguson's team were eliminated from the World Cup following a 0-0 draw against Uruguay in Mexico.

"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. They haven't faced each other since July 1972 when they drew 1-1 at Rio de Janeiro's Maracanã stadium.

All five of Uruguay's goals at the 2018 World Cup have been scored from set-pieces (3 from corners, 1 from direct free-kick and 1 from indirect free-kick).

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Luis Suarez has scored seven World Cup goals for Uruguay, second only to Oscar Miguez (eight) - Suarez scored twice against South Korea in his only previous World Cup appearance in the round of 16, in 2010. "It's not just in this World Cup that they have not been conceding goals".

Ronaldo has been in devastating form in Russian Federation, scoring four goals to help European champions and Group B runners-up Portugal reach the knockout rounds.

"Nine of the (Portugal) players on the pitch (in their last game) are European champions".

He did have a less-than-stellar performance in Portugal's last match against Iran, but the side's manager Fernando Santos was confident. He has 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 least World Cup 2018 round of 16 with Portugal.

Uruguay remind me so much of Atletico Madrid.

And the Uruguayans hold their opponents in equally high regard, conscious that Ronaldo is supported by younger talents like Bernardo Silva and Goncalo Guedes. "I think we have a certain calmness in facing it".

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