The question is whether Ronaldo has it in his locker to tear down Uruguayan walls regardless and add to his tally of four goals, with Portugal's supporting cast hoping their record scorer can dazzle once again in Russian Federation.
While team philosophy will play a key role, the match will most likely be decided on solo battles. "And everybody will try and give their utmost tomorrow as to prevail". In the final match of the group stage, Portugal saw off a determined challenge from Iran to record a 1-1 draw to qualify as runners-up in Group B, in the match that was marred by controversial VAR decisions. Uruguay enters as Group A winners following victories over Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Russian Federation.
Uruguay booked their round of 16 berth with a phenomenal run of back to back victories while Portugal stuttered in one game in which Ronaldo failed to score. But he also admitted it'll be a group effort trying to slow down Portugal's star. Ronaldo was having the tournament of his life until he missed that penalty against Iran, costing his team an easier route to the semi-finals.
"That is an additional factor".
"There's not one single player who can contain him".
Godin, battle-hardened after years of working under Atletico coach Diego Simeone, has always been unapologetic about his country's uncompromising style. "Not just Godin. We will have to work collectively in order to try and limit the effect that he can have".
Tabarez, who has coached Uruguay since 2006, has never hidden his admiration for his captain.
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"We know that in 2018 they haven't lost any of their six games and didn't concede any goals", Portugal right back Cedric Soares said.
But Santos reiterated that not even Ronaldo can solve things by himself.
"I hope it's going to be a great clash between these two teams because it's very different from the group stages - either you win or you lose". "It's impossible for a player to win by himself".
Uruguay's formidable defence have not let in a goal at all in 2018, while Suarez has recovered from a poor first outing in Russian Federation to score in wins over Saudi Arabia and the hosts.
Portugal coach Fernando Santos: "They are a typical South American side".
This will be a busy evening for the referee, not least with Uruguay's Atletico Madrid centre-halves Diego Godin and Jose Jimenez up against Portugal's Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo.
Gimenez is back with his Uruguay teammates after a thigh injury ruled him out against Russian Federation.