Uruguay's Diego Godin holds the key to locking out Cristiano Ronaldo

Saturday, 30 Jun, 2018

In their second match, Suarez's goal was enough to overcome Saudi Arabia, but 1-0 was a disappointing score against the team that hosts Russian Federation had put five past on the opening day.

"Very experienced. Quality. Strong team".

Portugal beat Poland on penalties on their way to winning Euro 2016.

Godin has committed just three fouls in the tournament so far while Ronaldo has been brought down 13 times.

Portugal winger Gelson Martins and left-back Raphael Guerreiro are in contention to play after they returned to full training.

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.

"We have one of the best in the world but if you ask me, [Luis] Suarez, [Edinson] Cavani, you can ask the same question of Uruguay because you have great players in every team".

Fernando Santos' team were once again poor against Iran, but looked set to top Group B thanks to a sublime finish from Ricardo Quaresma.

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Uruguay, meanwhile, go into the knockout stages aiming to win their third World Cup, and first since 1950, in Russian Federation. They haven't faced each other since July 1972 when they drew 1-1 at Rio de Janeiro's Maracanã stadium.

Uruguay will be looking to win their opening four games at a World Cup tournament for only the second time after 1930 when they won the first ever World Cup.

Portugal opened their World Cup campaign in Sochi with a thrilling 3-3 draw against Spain, and midfielder Adrien Silva said his team have what it takes to score against a Uruguay rear-guard that has not been breached this year.

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). "It's not just in this World Cup that they have not been conceding goals".

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.

Another World Cup quarterfinal spot is on the line this Saturday when Uruguay takes on Portugal in the round of 16 in Russian Federation.

Alves claims that "there are no easy games" in the World Cup, but the 36-year-old says that Portugal are exclusively concentrating on what they can achieve at this summer's competition. That, and the VAR-awarded late spot-kick for the Iranians, condemned the defending European champions to this tie rather than a meeting with the hosts in Moscow.

Fernando Santos does not have any fresh injury concerns to contend with. "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".