Portugal-Uruguay clash more than Ronaldo, Suarez - Alves
30 June, 2018, 16:48 | Author: Drew Briggs
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.
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.
"It's not just in this World Cup that they have not been conceding goals - it has been like that for the whole of 2018".
"There's not one single player who can contain him".
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.
"It doesn't get any better", said Barcelona striker Suarez, who came to Russian Federation for possibly his last crack at the World Cup after scoring 25 times in La Liga last season.
The summer in Russian Federation has already upstaged quite a few recent editions of the FIFA World Cup with its vivid moments and the knockout stages kick off with two captivating contests in France vs Argentina and Uruguay vs Portugal. "We have our weapons and we're going to try to win". "When he's on top of his game, he's the leader of that team", Tabarez said in his pre-match press conference on Friday. If they can come through Saturday's tie, they may even start to believe that they can go all the way and win a third World Cup, a first since 1950.
All five of Uruguay's goals at the 2018 World Cup have been scored from set-pieces (3 from corners, 1 from direct free-kick and 1 from indirect free-kick). The Real Madrid star already has warm memories of playing in Sochi, scoring a hat-trick in his sides opening game. Meanwhile, three of Portugal's last four goals have come from outside the box.
"We'll be focused. But nine of those Portuguese players on that pitch are European Champions".
This is Fernando Santos' fourth major tournament in a row as manager.
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. "On a personal level, I am very much a perfectionist". They were poor against Iran and I think this is where their tournament ends. We've shown we have the chance to win and if we keep it up this way I think we'll be successful.
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