Portugal v Uruguay - Preview and possible lineups

Alireza Beiranvand after the match on Monday

In one of the early contenders for the match of this World Cup Portugal twice went ahead before falling behind in a topsy-turvy match that Diego Costa and Nacho scoring for Spain while Cristiano Ronaldo, with nearly the last kick of normal time levelling it up for Portugal, in doing so completing his first World Cup hat-trick making him the oldest man ever to score a hattrick in the World Cup.

For Ronaldo it is a return to the same Fisht Stadium where he scored a hat-trick against Spain earlier in the tournament, but this time he will be up against a Uruguayan defence that was alone among the 32 teams in Russian Federation in coming through the group stage without conceding a goal.

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.

"These are different circumstance of course, the hosts have huge support and they've had a very good tournament, while Uruguay has high quality and top-notch players and they're all excellent - but Portugal too. This is the World Cup and we are playing for our national teams". He told reporters: "They are a typical South American side".

Uruguay, meanwhile, go into the knockout stages aiming to win their third World Cup, and first since 1950, in Russian Federation.

"We have worked together for 12 years towards obtaining objectives and goals, but given our limits as a football country - people have to remember we are a nation of 3 million rather than 50 million", he said.

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Uruguay won all three of their group matches, beating hosts Russian Federation 3-0 in their last outing, and are the only team yet to concede a goal at the tournament.

"We have made it to the World Cup and, in the last three matches, we have shown what we want to achieve".

"I don't think it will be a duel between Suarez and Ronaldo", Alves said on Thursday.

Cristiano Ronaldo has so far failed to score a single goal for Portugal in the knockout stages of the World Cup: 424 minutes, 0 goals.

Uruguay are hopeful Jose Maria Gimenez will return from injury to resume his centre-back partnership with Atletico Madrid team-mate Diego Godin. "If Ronaldo plays alone we will lose", said Santos, whose team have gone 17 games without losing - not including penalty shoot-outs - at an global tournament.

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