Uruguay vs Portugal: Soares backs Ronaldo to see off Suarez and Cavani

30 June, 2018, 19:24 | Author: Amy Huff
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Meanwhile, the European champions drew twice and won once in their Group B games although they came very close to an exit when Iran almost scored at the death in a 1-1 draw on 25 June.

Suarez's Uruguay come up against Ronaldo and Portugal in the last 16 of the World Cup in Sochi Sunday (AEST).

Can they beat the reigning European Champions?

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.

Portugal will be looking to progress past the round of sixteen for only the second time in their history when they take on Uruguay on Saturday evening. Gimenez has returned to training and could be available to play against Portugal and his familiar Real Madrid adversary.

Uruguay centre-back Jose Gimenez is expected to return to the starting line-up after missing the match against Russian Federation.

Uruguay XI: Fernando Muslera; Martin Caceres, Jose Maria Gimenez, Diego Godin, Diego Laxalt, Nahitan Nandez, Matias Vecino, Lucas Torreira, Rodrigo Bentancur, Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani.

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It goes without saying that Cristiano Ronaldo will be the main man for Portugal against Uruguay.

Where is FIFA World Cup 2018 Uruguay vs Portugal Round of 16 match? The Portuguese are undefeated in the 2 matches these two teams have played in, with the last match coming in 1972.

Unfortunately, the structure of the World Cup 2018 brackets and the venues allocated mean that, in the event Portugal advances to the Last 4, they would be playing against either Brazil, Mexico, Belgium or Japan in Saint Petersburg.

Cristiano Ronaldo has so far failed to score a single goal for Portugal in the knockout stages of the World Cup: 424 minutes, 0 goals.

Uruguay are yet to concede a goal in Russian Federation.

Uruguay looks a tough side to crack with Atletico Madrid centre-back partnership proving quite a handful to the teams that have faced it.

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