Uruguay not just focusing on Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo had one clean shot the entire 90 minutes and it came in the opening moments of the match, directly into the arms of Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera.

"A match-up between Spanish sides Barcelona and Real Madrid, also known El Clasico, is one of the biggest rivalries in sport", Suarez said.

A short corner was worked to Guerreiro and Uruguay did not respond to the threat, the left-back delivering a superb cross that defender Pepe finished brilliantly with a downward header.

After almost five and a half hours of football, it was the first goal Uruguay had let in at this World Cup - indeed it was the first they had conceded in 2018.

The Paris St Germain forward struck in each half, heading home early on before restoring Uruguay's lead seven minutes after Portugal defender Pepe had levelled.

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Ronaldo is one of the best strikers in the world, he has great potential.

As temperatures simmered to a relatively balmy 25C in south Russian Federation, the atmosphere in a humid Fisht Stadium set the stage for a mouthwatering last 16 clash on the Black Sea coast between two of the competition's dark horses. That is an additional factor.

Godin, battle-hardened after years of working under Atletico coach Diego Simeone, has always been unapologetic about his country's uncompromising style. "We will have to work collectively in order to try and contain him or in order to try and limit the effect he can have".

Cristiano Ronaldo lost his rag near the final whistle and would have been suspended for the quarter-final had Portugal progressed.

"I don't know what the match will be like", he said. For a defensively-solid team like Uruguay, it was the flawless start to set the tone for the rest of the match. "That means he has a very strong relationship with his players". A beauty of a passing display led to an early Edinson Cavani goal that put them up 1-0. "It's impossible for a player to win by himself. Even if he scores three goals, he has a team working for him".

Edinson Cavani, who failed to finish the match after suffering a late injury, scored a superb goal in each half, and although Pepe scored in between, it was not enough to halt the Uruguayans, who have won all four of their matches so far in Russian Federation.

  • Salvatore Jensen