Ronaldo can't beat Uruguay on his own, warns Portugal coach

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Godin, battle-hardened after years of working under Atletico coach Diego Simeone, has always been unapologetic about his country's uncompromising style. "Even if he scores three goals, he has a team working for him".

A Real Madrid versus Barcelona subplot will be a part of the narrative as Portugal and Uruguay do battle in the Fisht Stadium with a place in the World Cup quarter finals at stake.

"We are facing a very strong and powerful team", Inter midfielder Matias Vecino, who has started every game so far at Russian Federation 2018, told FIFA.com "The match will be defined by details and we will try to limit their forwards".

Under him they have won a Copa America and reached the semi-finals of the World Cup in 2010.

Fernando Santos is lacking another defensive-midfield force akin to Carvalho in his squad, although Joao Moutinho could return alongside Adrien Silva in the engine room after starting on the bench against Russian Federation. Tabarez had devised his successful tactical system at a time when Uruguay did not boast of quality central midfielders, but the emergence of the likes of Vecino and Bentancur has comforted the veteran manager.

When it comes to team news, Uruguay is hoping defender Jose Gimenez will be ready for this one after missing the Russian Federation match with a muscle injury. "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. A less impressive narrow win against Saudi Arabia reduced their chance a little but they go into the knockout phase back on that 5% chance of lifting the World Cup.

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The players can listen to the manager - and they should also be able to express themselves about what they do not like from him. Argentina has only one point from two matches after drawing 1-1 with Iceland and recording an embarrassing 0-3 loss to Croatia.

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"We'll be focused. But nine of those Portuguese players on that pitch are European Champions".

Uruguay remind me so much of Atletico Madrid.

Moreover, he can compete against them, as with four goals he surpasses Suarez (two) and Cavani (one), and of his 15 shots, seven have been on target, compared to the eight from the Uruguayans.

Iran then gained an injury-time penalty after a handball by Cedric Soares, with the spot-kick given via the video assistant referee, and Karim Ansarifard converted it to drop Portugal from first to second in the group. They were poor against Iran and I think this is where their tournament ends.

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