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Ronaldo, Suarez put World Cup dreams on line as Portugal face Uruguay

Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
| 30 June, 2018, 16:47

"Our mentality is always to win", Suarez said.

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. "And everybody will try and give their utmost tomorrow as to prevail".

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!

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. But he also admitted it'll be a group effort trying to slow down Portugal's star.

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.

"What Ronaldo has on top of all of these qualities is that he's the leader of that team".

"That is an additional factor". Nearly irrespective of who those wins came against, Uruguay will be on a high as one of only three teams to triumph in all their group games in Russia-Croatia and Belgium are the other two. Not Diego Godin. Nobody. Oscar Tabarez is the longest-serving global manager.


"I don't know what the match will be like", he said. "Thank you for the question", Santos told a news conference.

"The greatest virtue of the Uruguay team is that they are Uruguay".

But Santos reiterated that not even Ronaldo can solve things by himself. "It's impossible for a player to win by himself".

Against Cavani, he has played four matches in the Champions League, scoring three goals, compared to one from the Uruguayan.

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.

La Celeste's strength is based on the twin pillars of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani up front and Atletico Madrid center-back pairing Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez, who must face up to a familiar foe.

Uruguay centre-back Jose Gimenez could return to the side after missing the game with Russian Federation with a back injury. "I hope it's going to be a great clash", he said.

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