Published: Sun, July 01, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

How Uruguay can get the best of Portugal

Uruguay take on Portugal at Fisht Stadium in Sochi.

Star player Luis Suarez scored twice as Uruguay defeated Egypt, Saudi Arabia and hosts Russian Federation to set up a Round of 16 tie with reigning European champions, Portugal.

Uruguay and Portugal have never faced each other at a World Cup before. But now that they're here, the knockouts begin and the room for error gets even smaller.

Edinson Cavani upstaged Cristiano Ronaldo, first with his head and then with his right foot, and sent Uruguay to the World Cup quarterfinals.

Catch live scores and updates from Uruguay vs Portugal in the FIFA World Cup 2018 Round of 16. Luis Suarez won a corner for Uruguay.

Against Uruguay, though, we saw the reality of Portugal's overreliance on the Real Madrid forward.

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This was a big win for Uruguay, but it was also an important victory for South America considering the European dominance of this World Cup so far.

While Ronaldo got off to a fast start in Russian Federation, scoring a hat-trick in Portugal's 3-3 opening draw with Spain, and the victor in a 1-0 victory over Morocco, he continued and unfortunate tradition against Uruguay of failing to score in the knockout rounds of the World Cup. A beauty of a passing display led to an early Edinson Cavani goal that put them up 1-0.

Uruguay striker Luis Suarez believes there is a difference between his rivalry with Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo when it comes to worldwide and club football.

Portugal, meanwhile, muddled through their group with draws against Spain and Iran and a fortuitous win over Morocco but that is unlikely to bother their grizzled coach Fernando Santos, who is always happy for his team to be considered the ugly ducklings. Some of my players know them better than I do.

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo has played 514 minutes (five matches) of football in the knockout stages of the World Cup, but has failed to score or provide an assist.

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).

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