Godin, Ronaldo clash as Uruguay take on Portugal

30 June, 2018, 01:18 | Author: Anita Tucker
  • Cristiano Ronaldo was lucky to stay on the pitch after an altercation with Iran’s Morteza Pouraliganji. AFP

Uruguay's Edinson Cavani has scored three World Cup goals, one v Germany in 2010, one v Costa Rica in 2014 and one v Russian Federation in 2018.

"Very experienced. Quality. Strong team".

Cristiano Ronaldo and company drew Iran, which came after a draw against Spain and a 1-0 win over Morocco.

Godin, battle-hardened after years of working under Atletico coach Diego Simeone, has always been unapologetic about his country's uncompromising style.

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

Uruguay defender Jose Gimenez, who scored their first goal of the tournament, should also be ready to return after sitting out their final group game with Russian Federation.

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"Everybody knows that any team in the world depends on its players, and of course we have one of the best in the world, but you can ask the Uruguay coach the same question about [Luis] Suarez, [Edinson] Cavani - 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.

With 27 meetings against Ronaldo in the fiery Madrid derby, Godin knows how to shackle the evergreen forward.

This will be the third encounter between Uruguay and Portugal and their first at the World Cup.

Ronaldo, though, has already scored four times at this World Cup, including a hat-trick on his last visit here when Portugal drew 3-3 with Spain. They have not faced each other since July 1972, when they drew 1-1 at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana 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.

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Luis Suarez has scored seven World Cup goals for Uruguay, second only to Oscar Miguez (8) - Suarez scored a brace against South Korea in his only previous World Cup appearance in the round of 16 back in 2010.

Cristiano Ronaldo has so far failed to score a single goal for Portugal in the knockout stages of the World Cup: 424 minutes, no goals. "We wanted to keep growing throughout the World Cup and after winning two matches 1-0, we wanted to do better today".

Oscar Tabarez said there is not one player who can contain Cristiano Ronaldo as the Uruguay boss highlighted the need for a team effort to stop the Portugal captain in the World Cup last 16.

Fernando Santos does not have any fresh injury concerns to contend with. Portugal sneaked into the knockout stage after almost losing to Iran in its third group stage match.

Uruguay, by contrast seems to be easing its way through the gears after an unblemished group stage that suggests the best is yet to come.

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