Godin, Ronaldo clash as Uruguay take on Portugal

Tyler Owen
June 30, 2018

"We have known each other for a long time and have played together for over 10 years in the national team", Suarez said of Cavani. Ronaldo scored four goals in Portugal's first two group stage matches.

Despite the high-stakes nature of the fixture, Tabaraz has reported his camp is a relaxed one having been impressed by what he has seen in Uruguay's victories over Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Russian Federation.

The man who has marshalled the best defence in the World Cup so far will relish the task of trying to stop his old foe Cristiano Ronaldo when Uruguay and Portugal meet in Sochi on Saturday. But he also admitted it'll be a group effort trying to slow down Portugal's star.

Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani looked razor sharp in training as Uruguay fine-tuned their preparations ahead of the World Cup last 16. "He has a great potential obviously and in planning the match, especially focusing on the opponent and considering the level that every player has. what Ronaldo has on top of the qualities is that he's the leader of that team".

"That is an additional factor".

"We are facing a very strong and powerful team", Inter midfielder Matias Vecino, who has started every game so far at Russian Federation 2018, told FIFA.com "The match will be defined by details and we will try to limit their forwards". Not just (Diego) Godin. "We will have to work collectively in order to try and contain him or in order to try and limit the effect he can have". "If Ronaldo plays alone we will lose", said Santos, whose team have gone 17 games without losing - not including penalty shoot-outs - at an worldwide tournament.

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Tabarez, who has coached Uruguay since 2006, has never hidden his admiration for his captain.

"I think it's going to be a great match, two teams that are going to try and win, each using their weapons. Thank you for the question", Santos told a news conference. But when it goes southways, they see a steep decline in their morale and temperament, and they start to do reckless things on the pitch which ultimately comes back to haunt their teams.

"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". "It's impossible for a player to win by himself. Even if he scores three goals, he has a team working for him".

Portugal coach Fernando Santos: "They are a typical South American side".

Not Diego Godin. Nobody.

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

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