Published: Sat, June 30, 2018
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Suarez fired up as Uruguay prepare for Portugal showdown

Suarez fired up as Uruguay prepare for Portugal showdown

- All five of Uruguay's goals at Russian Federation 2018 have been scored from set pieces (three from corners, 1 from direct free kick and 1 from an indirect free kick).

"Very experienced. Quality. Strong team".

The unquestionable driving force and inspiration for Fernando Santos' men, Ronaldo flew out of the blocks in this tournament but missed a penalty and might have been sent off in a tempestuous encounter with Iran.

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.

Portugal have amassed the same number of fouls, but they have collected six yellow cards compared to Uruguay's one.

The sides meet in Sochi on Saturday, with Uruguay the only team alongside Croatia from the completed groups at Russian Federation 2018 to boast a 100 percent record.

"He is the best player in the world in my opinion and it's natural that the team depends on him, but you can ask the same question to Uruguay's coach too, if his team depends on Suarez or (Edinson) Cavani". They have not faced each other since July 1972, when they drew 1-1 at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana stadium.

Did Celtics Make New Trade Offer To Spurs For Kawhi Leonard?
But it's contingent on the Spurs, and San Antonio has rebuffed the Lakers' inquiries . He put up averages of 10.2 points, 7.2 assists and 6.9 rebounds per game as a rookie.

Mexico keen to keep winning run going against Sweden
Germany is able to find a injury time victor against Sweden , Lukaku-Hazard scores brace and Mexico continues its winning form. He and the Swedish players said they also couldn't understand why Germany made a decision to celebrate near their bench.

PM told to come clean on funding source for NHS boost
The Health Secretary told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that they 'are clear that there will be an increased burden of taxation'. And the chief executives of three major health trusts have issued similar letters to Chancellor Philip Hammond and the PM.

Uruguay will be looking to win their opening four games at a World Cup for only the second time after 1930, when they won the first ever World Cup.

Saturday's game in Sochi carries an extra edge, though, with two ageing teams arguably facing their last chance of World Cup glory in this cycle of players.

All five of Uruguay's goals at the 2018 World Cup have been scored from set-pieces (three from corners, one from a direct free-kick and one from an indirect free-kick).

Luis Suarez has scored seven World Cup goals for Uruguay, second only to Oscar Miguez (8) - Suarez scored a brace against South Korea in his only previous World Cup appearance in the round of 16 back in 2010. - 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.

If he plays, Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo (37) will equal Bastian Schweinsteiger (38) as the player with the most appearances at World Cups + European Championships.

He did have a less-than-stellar performance in Portugal's last match against Iran, but the side's manager Fernando Santos was confident. "We wanted to keep growing throughout the World Cup and after winning two matches 1-0, we wanted to do better today". If Ronaldo is at his very best for Portugal then Uruguay could be in trouble, but that's a big if - he's been distinctly average since the hat-trick against Spain. "I think Portugal will win but I recognise Uruguay are strong".

Like this: