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Portugal-Uruguay clash more than Ronaldo, Suarez - Alves

30 June, 2018, 19:21 | Author: Delia Walker
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Uruguay & Portugal face off in Sochi with a place in the quarter-finals on the line.

Uruguay star striker Luis Suarez is on the opposite end of the famed Clasico rivalry with Ronaldo's Real Madrid, but the Barcelona man told reporters that has nothing to do with Saturday's World Cup clash.

"We will study them. That doesn't cross our minds, but if it's boring and we win.", said Uruguay's veteran coach Oscar Washington Tabarez on Friday, looking ever more frail at the age of 71. "When we attack we need to be able to attack, but it doesn't come from an abstract suggestion".

The South American side have looked compact and defensively strong in their group games and came away with three victories from Group A. More importantly, their last performance a 3-0 win against hosts Russian Federation highlighted their attacking intent and underlined their potential as dark horses in the tournament.

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

Raphael Guerreiro and Gelson Martins are in contention to play in the next match after returning to full training while William Carvalho is a doubt after missing one training session.

Defender Jose Gimenez is set for a return for Uruguay after missing the victory over Russian Federation with a back injury.




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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. It would be foolish to bet against him getting swiftly back on track.

Speaking of progressing onto the next stage, there comes the second reason why Uruguay vs Portugal could be my last opportunity to watch Cristiano from the media tribune... until the 2018 FIFA World Cup final, should the Euro 2004 runners-up go all the way!

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.

Penalty shootouts excluded, Portugal have lost only one of their last 17 games at major tournaments (W8 D8), a 4-0 defeat against Germany at Brazil 2014.

Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani are likely to be the key men for Uruguay having scored three goals between them so far at the tournament. "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".

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