Portugal-Uruguay clash more than Ronaldo, Suarez - Alves

Portugal-Uruguay clash more than Ronaldo, Suarez - Alves

Portugal-Uruguay clash more than Ronaldo, Suarez - Alves

Real Madrid forward Ronaldo has scored four of Portugal's five goals so far, while Barcelona star Suarez netted against Saudi Arabia and Russian Federation.

But Tabarez, in charge of his fourth World Cup campaign with Uruguay, insists it is pointless to deploy one man to stop Ronaldo.

La Celeste have yet to allow a goal, their back line anchored by captain Diego Godin and his Atletico Madrid teammate Jose Maria Gimenez, who missed the squad's final group game against Russian Federation with a thigh injury.

"We will study them". "It's a match between the two teams, Portugal and Uruguay, and we'll do everything we can to win".

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. "When we attack we need to be able to attack, but it doesn't come from an abstract suggestion".

But the 3rd match against Russian Federation saw why the Uruguayans have the best forward line-up in the World as Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani fired one each in between a Denis Cheryshev own goal to register a convincing 3-0 victory against the host nation as they qualified as group toppers from group A.

"The match will be defined by details and we will try to limit their forwards".

Gimenez is back with his Uruguay team-mates after a thigh injury ruled him out against Russian Federation.


Gelson Martins and Raphael Guerreiro are both in contention to start having returned to full training following injuries.

Ronaldo, the pride of Portugal and Real Madrid, and Suarez, the infamous biter from Uruguay and Barcelona, are on a collision course at this year's Soccer World Cup in Russian Federation.

2-time former World Cup winners Uruguay started off their campaign with hard earned 1-0 victory Egypt courtesy of 89th-minute victor by Jose Gimenez.

Portugal survived a late scare against Iran on Monday, as Ronaldo missed a penalty and was fortunate to escape a red card for an elbow.

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).

Ronaldo (four goals) and Suarez (two) both enjoyed fine group stages at the World Cup, with the victor of their meeting to face either France or Argentina.

"Considering the limitations we have as a country in footballing terms, we have come into this World Cup just as we wanted and in the three games we have played so far I think we are closer than ever to what we want to be".

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