portugal v uruguay: Ronaldo, Suarez put World Cup dreams on line as Portugal face Uruguay | Football News
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These two small international locations with proud footballing traditions face off on Russia’s Black Coastline with a spot within the quarter-finals at stake.
For Ronaldo it’s a return to the identical Fisht Stadium the place he scored a hat-trick towards Spain earlier within the match, however this time he will likely be up towards a Uruguayan defence that was alone among the many 32 groups in Russia in coming by way of the group stage with out conceding a aim.
That, and Portugal’s latest monitor document of being concerned in tense knockout matches which have gone to the wire, has raised the prospect of a nail-biting contest because the World Cup heads into its latter levels.
“I do not know what sort of recreation it’ll be. Will or not it’s boring? That does not cross our minds, but when it is boring and we win…,” stated Uruguay’s veteran coach Oscar Washington Tabarez on Friday, wanting ever extra frail on the age of 71.
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Tabarez has led Uruguay for 12 years, restoring the small South American nation as a footballing energy as soon as once more.
Below him they’ve gained a Copa America and reached the semi-finals of the World Cup in 2010. If they’ll come by way of Saturday’s tie, they could even begin to consider that they’ll go all the way in which and win a 3rd World Cup, a primary since 1950.
“We’re in good condition, now we have been working collectively for 12 years and attaining our aims progressively, little by little,” Tabarez stated.
“Contemplating the constraints now we have as a rustic in footballing phrases, now we have come into this World Cup simply as we wished and within the three video games now we have performed up to now I feel we’re nearer than ever to what we need to be.”
Uruguay’s formidable defence haven’t let in a aim in any respect in 2018, whereas Suarez has recovered from a poor first outing in Russia to attain in wins over Saudi Arabia and the hosts.
His partnership with Cavani will present a stern take a look at to a Portuguese defence that was picked aside by Spain and given a fright by Iran of their final group recreation.
“You do not want any better motivation than to see what’s in play, within the final 16 of the World Cup towards the European champions. It does not get any higher,” stated Barcelona striker Suarez, who got here to Russia for probably his final crack on the World Cup after scoring 25 occasions in La Liga final season.
That was only one league aim fewer than Ronaldo. At 33 he’s having fun with the perfect World Cup of his profession and his aim towards Morocco within the group stage took his tally at worldwide degree to 85, greater than every other male European participant in historical past.
Each males missed out on the knockout part in Brazil 4 years in the past, with Suarez banned after biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini earlier on whereas Portugal had been knocked out within the first spherical.
The Atletico Madrid pair of Diego Godin and Jose Maria Gimenez will likely be charged with retaining Ronaldo quiet, and Portugal coach Fernando Santos warned his aspect to not anticipate their captain to win the tie on his personal for the European champions.
“We now have to play as a crew. If Ronaldo performs alone we’ll lose,” stated Santos, whose crew have gone 17 video games with out dropping — not together with penalty shoot-outs — at a global match.
“It’s true, although, that when each groups cancel one another out, that’s the place the people come to the fore.
“I hope my crew might be as robust as Uruguay, and that Cristiano can then make the distinction.”