FPJ's dream XI predictions for Uruguay vs Portugal

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

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

In other words, it won't be Suarez vs. Ronaldo when Uruguay and Portugal meet in the World Cup round of 16 on Saturday night, it'll be team against team.

Thanks to Cavani's brace, Uruguay advanced to the quarter-final on July 6 against France, meaning he will have six days to get fit for that clash at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.

22 - Luis Suarez gets a free kick outside the box and almost gets it to go but Portuguese goalkeeper Rui Patricio makes a nice save.

Edinson Cavani's double sent Uruguay into the last eight of the Fifa World Cup in Russian Federation.

Cavani had already put Uruguay in front early on, only for Pepe to head Portugal level in the 55th minute in a thrilling contest that was not the battle of attrition many predicted. "I felt pain and could not continue on the pitch".

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were knocked out of the World Cup on the same day as Argentina and Portugal came unstuck and the illustrious pair failed to break their knockout-stage goal droughts.

And after Portugal equalised on Pepe's header in the 55th minute, it was Cavani again finishing a ideal Uruguay counter in the 62nd with a shot from just inside the penalty area that caught Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio slightly out of position and curled inside the far post.

That was the first goal the twice World Cup champions had conceded in the tournament in Russian Federation, but it took Cavani only seven minutes to put them back ahead at the packed Fisht Stadium overlooking the Black Sea.

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However, Cavani struck a well-placed shot in the 62nd minute to ensure that Portugal moves on to the quarter finals.

Uruguay progressed from their group with a flawless record of three wins from three.

Since 1966, only Grzegorz Lato & Andrzej Szarmach (five for Poland) and Michael Ballack and Miroslav Klose (five for Germany) have combined for more World Cup goals than Uruguay's Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez (4).

Uruguay's defence would prove too much for him, despite his best efforts, with Gimenez and Godin often pushing Ronaldo into tight areas where there was very little space to either pass the ball or fire a shot at goal.

Ronaldo was lifted. Portugal grew.

"It's not just in this World Cup that they have not been conceding goals - it has been like that for the whole of 2018".

The teams will face off at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday in Sochi, Russia, in the 2018 World Cup Round of 16.

"Everybody can see that in this World Cup there are no easy games", Alves said.

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