Ronaldo can’t beat Uruguay on his own - Portugal coach

Ronaldo can’t beat Uruguay on his own - Portugal coach

"It's a match between two teams who are very strong". It has been like that for the whole of 2018.

Suarez was frustrated during the opening game against Egypt but appears to be coming to a boil just at the right time - he has managed to avoid any further World Cup controversies so far as well, following 2010's handball and 2014's biting.

Deprived of the chance to play at this stage of the last World Cup after being suspended for his infamous bite on Italy's Giorgio Chiellini, Suarez will lead the Uruguay line at the Fisht Stadium alongside Edinson Cavani. "Even if he scores three goals in match, you still need to have a team to support him".

Uruguay switched from the usual 4-4-2 formation to a more fluid 4-3-2-1 against Russian Federation and reaped the benefits, but Oscar Tabarez will probably revert to type in expectation of a low-scoring game.

Iran then gained an injury-time penalty after a handball by Cedric Soares, with the spot-kick given via the video assistant referee, and Karim Ansarifard converted it to drop Portugal from first to second in the group.

Few players embody that determination like the Atletico defender, whose club have so boldly gone toe-to-toe with richer neighbours Real and their world class striker Ronaldo.

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Coach Fernando Santos will have no issue upsetting the odds after Portugal's slow start, having coached them to European Championships glory two years ago despite winning only one game in 90 minutes.

The sides meet in Sochi on Saturday, with Uruguay the only team alongside Croatia from the completed groups at Russian Federation 2018 to boast a 100 percent record.

"They have great players like we do, but we have the best player in the world", Soares told FIFA.com, with Ronaldo set to equal ex-Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger's record of 38 appearances combined in World Cup finals and European Championships. However, they have lost their last three games in the World Cup knockout stages (one goal scored, five conceded). Meanwhile, three of Portugal's last four goals have come from outside the box.

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.

The squad is fully fit and nobody is suspended, but boss Fernando Santos has some big decisions to make. Portugal sneaked into the knockout stage after almost losing to Iran in its third group stage match. "He earned the captaincy for his achievements and his commitment and his example, and in a certain way he represents the very best of a nation like Uruguay". They were poor against Iran and I think this is where their tournament ends.

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