How Uruguay can get the best of Portugal

How Uruguay can get the best of Portugal

In one of the early contenders for the match of this World Cup Portugal twice went ahead before falling behind in a topsy-turvy match that Diego Costa and Nacho scoring for Spain while Cristiano Ronaldo, with nearly the last kick of normal time levelling it up for Portugal, in doing so completing his first World Cup hat-trick making him the oldest man ever to score a hattrick in the World Cup.

The result, combined with Spain's 2-2 draw with Morocco and an earlier win for Uruguay over hosts Russian Federation in Group A, means Portugal will play Uruguay in Sochi on June 30, while Group B winners Spain will face Russian Federation in Moscow on July 1.

That, and Portugal's recent track record of being involved in tense knockout matches that have gone to the wire, has raised the prospect of a nail-biting contest as the World Cup heads into its latter stages. "They're a strong team but we also have our qualities and we will try to win the game".

Tabarez has led Uruguay for 12 years, restoring the small South American nation as a footballing power once again.

The last time Uruguay allowed a goal was in a 4-2 victory over Bolivia in World Cup qualifying last October.

"We are in good shape, we have been working together for 12 years and achieving our objectives gradually, little by little", Tabarez said.

Uruguay's formidable defence have not let in a goal at all in 2018, while Suarez has recovered from a poor first outing in Russian Federation to score in wins over Saudi Arabia and the hosts.

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Ronaldo is known to get visibly frustrated when he fails to score or make an impact in the game while Suarez's antics are known to all.

That was just one league goal fewer than Ronaldo.

Jose Gimenez could return for Uruguay after he missed the final group game against Russian Federation with a back injury.

Ronaldo (four goals) and Suarez (two) both enjoyed fine group stages at the World Cup, with the victor of their meeting to face either France or Argentina. Meanwhile, three of Portugal's last four goals have come from outside the box.

"We have to play as a team".

"I think this Portugal team is ready for everything".

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