Suarez vs. Ronaldo subplot of Uruguay-Portugal Round of 16 showdown

Cavani Ronaldo and Suarez
Cavani Ronaldo and Suarez

01 July, 2018

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo (L) and Uruguay's Luis Suarez challenge for the ball during the round of 16 match between Uruguay and Portugal at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia on Jun 30, 2018.

"This is a World Cup, and of course we're all defending and we're all working for our national teams, and that's the essential aspect".

Pepe had equalised for Portugal to give the Iberian side hope but a Cavani masterclass saw Oscar Tabarez's side seal their progress to the next round.

Pepe headed Portugal level in the 55th minute, the first goal Uruguay have conceded in the tournament.

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Suarez and Ronaldo are both huge global stars tasked with guiding their countries to the World Cup final.

After huffing and puffing his way through the opening two group matches, Uruguay's talisman Edinson Cavani has finally arrived at the party, and in some style.

Instead, Tabarez knows that the best way to nullify Ronaldo and heighten Uruguay's chances of reaching a World Cup semi-final, his side "will have to work collectively in order to try to limit the effect that he can have".

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It was an exciting start to one of the group-stage's most anticipated matches and it didn't take long before Ronaldo struck first. But you have the chance to work with a team with so many good players, young and experienced, it makes everything much easier.

On the same day Lionel Messi was sent home in Argentina's loss, the other "GOAT" at this tournament was also eliminated. He didn't manage to touch the ball a single time in Uruguay's box in the first half, such was its defensive tenacity.

With 27 meetings against Ronaldo in the bruising Spanish capital derby between Atletico and Real Madrid, winning eight times, drawing nine and losing 10, few players are better placed to come up with a strategy to shackle Ronaldo than Godin.

Cristiano Ronaldo attempted six shots for Portugal tonight (one on target) - one more than the entire Uruguay team managed over the 90 minutes.

Portugal are out of the World Cup following their match against Uruguay.

Cavani and Luis Suarez unlocked the Portuguese defense early with two incredible cross-field passes.

Uruguay have yet to concede a goal in Russian Federation, although going forward they have relied mainly on set pieces to score their goals. KEYS TO THE GAME Stopping Ronaldo.

"We go with our heads held high and we are sure that this team will continue to win things".

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