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

Cristiano Ronaldo was lucky to stay on the pitch after an altercation with Iran’s Morteza Pouraliganji. AFP

Cristiano Ronaldo was lucky to stay on the pitch after an altercation with Iran’s Morteza Pouraliganji. AFP

Uruguay defender Jose Gimenez, who scored their first goal of the tournament, should also be ready to return after sitting out their final group game with Russian Federation.

Ronaldo's hat-trick gave them a point in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Spain in their first game, before the Real Madrid forward got the only goal in a 1-0 win over Morocco. Take the under (with apologies if you lose because one team scores the winning goal in extra time).

"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".

Portugal have not lost a competitive match with Ronaldo in the side since the 2014 World Cup, although they were beaten on penalties by Chile at last year's Confederations Cup.

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. Russian referee Valentin Ivanov issued a record four red cards and 16 yellows, setting a record for cards shown at a World Cup, with Portugal's Deco and Costinha both sent off, along with Khalid Boulahrouz and Giovanni van Bronckhorst for the Dutch.

Uruguay, meanwhile, go into the knockout stages aiming to win their third World Cup, and first since 1950, in Russian Federation.

Tabarez, who has coached Uruguay since 2006, has never hidden his admiration for his captain.

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That was just one league goal fewer than Ronaldo.

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

No World Cup is truly a World Cup without a bruising, cynical encounter between two teams who will not give an inch, so welcome to the No. 1 contender for Russian Federation 2018's most belligerent game.

Uruguay striker Luis Suarez says any rivalry he may have with Cristiano Ronaldo is limited just to their club teams playing the past four years against each other in La Liga.

Cristiano Ronaldo and co were not at all convincing in the group stage, and scraped into the knockout rounds with a 1-1 draw against Iran. A less impressive narrow win against Saudi Arabia reduced their chance a little but they go into the knockout phase back on that 5% chance of lifting the World Cup.

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