Godin, Ronaldo clash as Uruguay take on Portugal

Godin, Ronaldo clash as Uruguay take on Portugal

Godin, Ronaldo clash as Uruguay take on Portugal

"In planning the match, especially focusing on the opponent and considering the level that every player has, it's all relative".

"We will mark him with the same respect we mark everyone, despite him being a superstar", said Sebastian Coates of Ronaldo.

Having swept aside hosts Russian Federation to top their group, Barcelona's Suarez and his Uruguay team mates are taking no chances as they prepare for Portugal, the reigning European champions led by his La Liga rival Cristiano Ronaldo.

"But what he has on top of all those qualities, he's the leader of that team, and there is not one single player who can contain him".

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

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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.

Uruguay enter the match very much on the ascendency having won all three of their group games in the tournament so far, with none of Russia, Egypt and Saudi Arabia proving themselves capable of shutting the door on the South Americans' potent attack.

Read on for a preview of Saturday's head-to-head between Uruguay and Portugal, complete with the latest teams news and all the necessary live-stream information needed to tune in. They have not faced each other since July 1972, when they drew 1-1 at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana stadium.

Despite the presence of those two on one side and Ronaldo on the other, there is a feeling that this tie could prove to be a battle of attrition.

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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All five of Uruguay's goals at the 2018 World Cup have been scored from set-pieces (three from corners, one from a direct free-kick and one from an indirect free-kick).

Deprived of the chance to play at this stage of the last World Cup after being suspended for his infamous bite on Italy's Giorgio Chiellini, Suarez will lead the Uruguay line at the Fisht Stadium alongside Edinson Cavani. "But this doesn't change the fact that we're 100% focused on Portugal". However, they have lost their last three games in the World Cup knockout stages (1 goal scored, 5 conceded).

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.

Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez has received a boost in defence ahead of his side's clash with Portugal, and Atletico Madrid centre-back Jose Gimenez could come back into the XI after recovering from a thigh injury.

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