Uruguay's Diego Godin holds the key to locking out Cristiano Ronaldo

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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.

Portugal defender Bruno Alves has insisted that his team are "not interested" in Germany's demise as they concentrate on themselves at the 2018 World Cup.

"But what he has on top of all those qualities, he's the leader of that team, and there is not one single player who can contain him".

Ronaldo is known to get visibly frustrated when he fails to score or make an impact in the game while Suarez's antics are known to all.

"They are a typical South American side", said Portugal coach Fernando Santos. "That means he has a very strong relationship with his players".

If Uruguayan defenders manage to get the best of Cristiano Ronaldo and get him sent off early in the game, it might be effectively game over for Portugal in Russian Federation.

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"If Cristiano plays by himself, Portugal is going to lose, " Santos said.

Stars like Uruguay's Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani and Diego Godin and Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo will garner plenty of attention, as the world watches to see which country will advance at the other's expense.

The two teams juxtapose one another nicely heading into what could be a frantic round-of-16 clash, too. And the Portuguese have proved adept at long-range strikes-scoring three times from outside the area-while four of the South Americans' five goals in Russian Federation have come from set pieces, per WhoScored.com.

This will be the third encounter between Uruguay and Portugal and their first at the World Cup.

The Madrid derby comes to the shores of the Black Sea in the last-16 with Uruguayan captain Diego Godin, of Atletico, and his club teammate Jose Maria Gimenez coming up against Real and Portugal's five-time Ballon d'Or victor.

If he plays, Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo (37) will equal Bastian Schweinsteiger (38) as the player with the most appearances at World Cups and European Championships. The crunch knockout stage could be the last hurrah for Portugal's golden generation while for Uruguay, this World Cup can be the reward of a decade-long tutelage. I've told them they need to be calm. "That doesn't cross our minds, but if it's boring and we win.", said Uruguay's veteran coach Oscar Washington Tabarez on Friday, looking ever more frail at the age of 71.

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