"He is a worldwide star, but you don't prepare for a match thinking about one player, but thinking about the team as a whole". Take the under (with apologies if you lose because one team scores the winning goal in extra time). One of the three Round of 16 encounters to pitch conventional footballing powerhouses against each other, the Battle of Sochi brings together the Group A winners Uruguay and Group B runners-up Portugal.
Pepe, Luis Suarez and Diego Godin all have a well-earned reputation for taking the game to the limit, and beyond, with even Cristiano Ronaldo showing against Iran, when he was lucky to escape with just a yellow card for a flailing arm, that he can mix it when the occasion calls.
"We are going to have to work collectively". "He has a great potential obviously and in planning the match, especially focusing on the opponent and considering the level that every player has. what Ronaldo has on top of the qualities is that he's the leader of that team".
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.
After their 3-3 draw with Spain in their opening World Cup game, Portugal have not conceded a goal from open play and they shipped just one in their four knockout games at Euro 2016.More news: Wimbledon: Serena Williams named 25th seed
Portugal, the reigning European champions, meanwhile have an interesting amalgamation of youth and experience, but in spite of their recent successes under Fernando Santos, do not possess an well-rounded starting eleven.
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). That 1-1 draw on Monday saw them finish second in Group B to set up a match against Luis Suarez and Uruguay, whereas group winners Spain face an easier-looking tie against hosts Russian Federation. They are very good at the back, have a couple of excellent forwards and they go from there. We've shown we have the chance to win and if we keep it up this way I think we'll be successful.
Away from the first game against Spain, Portugal haven't been great.
For Portugal to progress they will have to overcome what is, as of now, the best defense of any team in the tournament. They were poor against Iran and I think this is where their tournament ends.