Uruguay primed to quell Ronaldo threat

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A flawless Group A campaign saw Uruguay come through unscathed but Portugal, who finished runners-up in Group B, will be their toughest test so far when the teams meet in Sochi on Saturday. Oscar Tabarez is the longest-serving global manager.

Not Diego Godin. Nobody. "I think we will win, but you can't forget you can only win if you play well and I think we'll play well".

Uruguay are yet to concede a single goal at the 2018 World Cup, facing just six shots on target in three games - the last South American team not to concede in their first four matches of a World Cup tournament was Brazil in 1986.

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"A match-up between Spanish sides Barcelona and Real Madrid, also known El Clasico, is one of the biggest rivalries in sport", Suarez said. "Not just Godin. We will have to work collectively in order to try and limit the effect that he can have".

Portugal coach Fernando Santos knew the question about Portugal's dependence on Ronaldo was coming, and said he even won a coffee because of it after making a bet with the team's press officer ahead of Friday's news conference.

Uruguay's formidable defence have not let in a goal at all in 2018, while Suarez has recovered from a poor first outing in Russian Federation to score in wins over Saudi Arabia and the hosts. "We've improved in possession thanks to the younger players but we haven't lost that commitment, that fight, the sacrifice and solidarity, the determination to overcome adversity".

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Uruguay, with Oscar Tabarez's decade-long pedagogy, headed into the World Cup with a settled squad and have been one of the only two teams to boast of a cent percent record in the group stages (the other country being Croatia).

If he plays, Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo (37) will equal Bastian Schweinsteiger (38) as the player with the most appearances at World Cups + European Championships. This a World Cup.

European champions Portugal, however, finished second in their section to set up a clash with Uruguay in the last 16. They were poor against Iran and I think this is where their tournament ends. Coach Oscar Tabarez revealed he used a picture of the towering header to inspire his players in his halftime team talk in their first game in this World Cup against Egypt, where they snatched victory with Jose Gimenez's late header from a corner. "We're there to win".

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