Tabarez: It will take entire Uruguay team to stop Cristiano Ronaldo

Tanya Simon
June 29, 2018

But while the Iberian team will now face sturdy Uruguay, and not Group A runners-up Russia, Schmeichel believes that he won't be judged as harshly as Lionel Messi, who didn't score a penalty of his own in Argentina's draw with Iceland.

Defensive midfielder William Carvalho is a doubt after he missed a training session on Thursday.

"It's not just in this World Cup that they have not been conceding goals".

Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group B soccer match between Iran and Portugal at the Mordovia Arena in Saransk on June 25, 2018.

Midfielder Joao Moutinho could come into the side after starting on the bench against Iran.

Suarez might lack the same sharpness of old, but he has still scored twice in Russian Federation. "Having the support of my teammates helps, speaking to the coach is important too", he added, sitting alongside Oscar Tabarez at Friday's eve-of-game press conference.

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When it comes to team news, Uruguay is hoping defender Jose Gimenez will be ready for this one after missing the Russian Federation match with a muscle injury. Skipper Diego Godin will be in charge of shackling Ronaldo on Saturday evening.

Uruguay have reached the last 16 on four occasions since the format was changed in 1982, but they have only progressed beyond this stage once.

In the Round of 16, the striker will face a rival who also has great offensive potential, but who, in this case, is split between two front men: Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, who are the second best pairing in the World Cup (24) after Neymar and Coutinho (28). Portugal beat England in 2006; Uruguay beat Ghana in 2010.

The question is whether Ronaldo has it in his locker to tear down Uruguayan walls regardless and add to his tally of four goals, with Portugal's supporting cast hoping their record scorer can dazzle once again in Russian Federation.

Luis Suarez will equal Oscar Miguez's record for the most goals scored by a Uruguay player at World Cups if he scores against Portugal.

Fernando Santos does not have any fresh injury concerns to contend with. A less impressive narrow win against Saudi Arabia reduced their chance a little but they go into the knockout phase back on that 5% chance of lifting the World Cup. Sports Illustrated's Planet Fútbol, meanwhile, predicted a 2-1 victory for Uruguay.

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