Portugal v Uruguay - Preview and possible lineups

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It is a contest of world class strikers with Uruguay loaded with Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez, Portugal have Cristiano Ronaldo upfront to bolster their chances - as he has already.

If Portugal beat Uruguay to set up a date against either France or Argentina, their Last 8 fixture will take place in Nizhny Novgorod.

Although the Portuguese have not lost a single major tournament match since suffering a shocking 4-0 humiliation to Germany at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, La Celeste Olimpica pride itself in having kept their goal line clean for the past seven months.

The bad one being that the South Americans would eliminate the European champions on Saturday night.

This will be the third encounter between Portugal and Uruguay and the first one in a World Cup. But history weighs less heavily on him than on Messi, the benefit of playing for a smaller nation that's never reached a World Cup final.

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"Nine of the players on the pitch for Portugal are European champions, so that speaks of the quality, and we have been preparing for quite a while".

"We are in good shape, we have been working together for 12 years and achieving our objectives gradually, little by little", Tabarez said.

"A rivalry with Ronaldo here (at the World Cup) and at a club level are two different things".

Cristiano Ronaldo will, of course, be the player to watch for A Selecao das Quinas after his four goals during the competition so far.

Jose Gimenez could return for Uruguay after he missed the final group game against Russian Federation with a back injury. "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. At 33 he is enjoying the best World Cup of his career and his goal against Morocco in the group stage took his tally at global level to 85, more than any other male European player in history. "I hope my team can be as strong as Uruguay, and that Cristiano can then make the difference".

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