Suarez Says Rivalry With Ronaldo Different When Playing for Uruguay, Barcelona

Suarez Says Rivalry With Ronaldo Different When Playing for Uruguay, Barcelona

Whatever happens to other teams is interesting for other people - people who analyse the results - but we're not interested. Nearly irrespective of who those wins came against, Uruguay will be on a high as one of only three teams to triumph in all their group games in Russia-Croatia and Belgium are the other two.

Clubless William Carvalho could miss the game for Portugal, having been absent from training in the build-up with a minor injury, but Gelson Martins and Raphael Guerreiro are fit to start.

The squad is fully fit and nobody is suspended, but boss Fernando Santos has some big decisions to make.

But Tabarez, in charge of his fourth World Cup campaign with Uruguay, insists it is pointless to deploy one man to stop Ronaldo.

This will be the first-ever official meeting between the teams at a World Cup, but two sides did play in a friendly in 1966 which Portugal won 3-0, and then they drew 1-1 in a match in 1972 in the Brazil Independence Cup.

The official needed no encouragement with that one, but Ronaldo made sure just in case.

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Santos also warned his side of the quality throughout the Uruguay ranks, from skipper Diego Godin at the back to Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez up front.

Ronaldo began the tournament in spectacular fashion, with his stunning free kick completing a hat trick and snatching a 3-3 draw against Spain at Fisht Stadium.

No World Cup is truly a World Cup without a bruising, cynical encounter between two teams who will not give an inch, so welcome to the No. 1 contender for Russian Federation 2018's most belligerent game. While Uruguay can match the reigning European champion technically and tactically, Portugal's apparent physical and mental advantages should help it prevail over the dogged South Americans.

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. However, they have lost their last three games in the World Cup knockout stages (one goal scored, five conceded). - Cristiano Ronaldo has so far failed to score a single goal for Portugal in the knockout stages of the World Cup: 424 minutes, 0 goals.

"A rivalry with Ronaldo here (at the World Cup) and at a club level are two different things".

Uruguay and Portugal must prove themselves as contenders to win the 2018 FIFA World Cup ... or else. "Portugal, like everyone else playing on Saturday, are one of 11 teams with at least 5% chance of winning the competition".

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