Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo can't be stopped by one player - Uruguay coach

Marcus Newton
June 30, 2018

Meanwhile, the European champions drew twice and won once in their Group B games although they came very close to an exit when Iran almost scored at the death in a 1-1 draw on 25 June. In the final match of the group stage, Portugal saw off a determined challenge from Iran to record a 1-1 draw to qualify as runners-up in Group B, in the match that was marred by controversial VAR decisions.

Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez claims his team will not "lose sleep" over Cristiano Ronaldo, despite admitting that stopping the Portugal captain is too much to ask of a single player ahead of the World Cup round-of-16 clash in Sochi.

Can they beat the reigning European Champions?

Whether he can break through against Uruguay will determine Ronaldo's World Cup legacy. They soon followed it up with another 1-0 victory over a determined Saudi Arabian side with help of a Luis Suarez goal.

Gimenez is back with his Uruguay team-mates after a thigh injury ruled him out against Russian Federation.

Portugal left-back Raphael Guerreiro, winger Gelson Martins and midfielder William Carvalho all sat out training on Thursday with minor muscular complaints.

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As per the itinerary I crafted for myself before landing in Russian Federation, I should remain in Sochi - where I saw Cristiano Ronaldo's hat-trick heroics vs Spain on Matchday 1 - until July 8.

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

What's the latest news on the two teams?

Catch live scores and updates from Uruguay vs Portugal in the FIFA World Cup 2018 Round of 16.

Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani are likely to be the key men for Uruguay having scored three goals between them so far at the tournament.

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.

Uruguay looks a tough side to crack with Atletico Madrid centre-back partnership proving quite a handful to the teams that have faced it.

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