Uruguay vs Portugal | 30 Jun 2018

30 June, 2018, 16:51 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
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Uruguay's defence might be a bigger problem for Ronaldo and Portugal when the teams meet in Sochi.

Uruguay head coach Oscar Tabarez.

La Celeste's strength is based on the twin pillars of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani up front and Atletico Madrid center-back pairing Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez, who must face up to a familiar foe.

Cristiano Ronaldo can not beat Uruguay all by himself. That miss, however, has probably fired the 33-year-old to come up with a stronger display in this encounter. Then off I'll go to Moscow to cover one semi-final match and the ultimate final, both from the Luzhniki stadium.

"There's not one single player who can contain him. Not just Godin. We will have to work collectively in order to try and limit the effect that he can have".

Tabarez, who is in his 14th year as Uruguay manager, albeit across two spells, is understandably planning that his side will have to work as a team to contain the five-time Ballon D'Or victor.


Portugal coach Fernando Santos knew the question about Portugal's dependence on Ronaldo was coming, and said he even won a coffee because of it after making a bet with the team's press officer ahead of Friday's news conference.

And Uruguay has identified Ronaldo, with four goals so far at Russian Federation 2018, as the biggest threat to their hopes of a place in the last eight.

Unfortunately, the structure of the World Cup 2018 brackets and the venues allocated mean that, in the event Portugal advances to the Last 4, they would be playing against either Brazil, Mexico, Belgium or Japan in Saint Petersburg.

"Nine of the players on the pitch for Portugal are European champions, so that speaks of the quality, and we have been preparing for quite a while".

If he plays, Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo (37) will equal Bastian Schweinsteiger (38) as the player with the most appearances at World Cups + European Championships. We've made it to the World Cup and in the last three matches we have shown what we can achieve.

"I think it's going to be a great match, two teams that are going to try and win, each using their weapons. We're there to win". "He defends, commands, scores goals, wins titles, and does not miss a game", said Diego Maradona recently. I've told them they need to be calm. Whatever happens to other teams is interesting for other people - people who analyse the results - but we're not interested.

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