Suarez Says Rivalry With Ronaldo Different When Playing for Uruguay, Barcelona

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

It is a contest of world class strikers with Uruguay loaded with Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez, Portugal have Cristiano Ronaldo upfront to bolster their chances - as he has already.

Portugal have the edge over Uruguay's all-star attack thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo's brilliance, according to right-back Cedric Soares.

"We all try to do our best for our team". He told reporters: "They are a typical South American side".

The last time Uruguay allowed a goal was in a 4-2 victory over Bolivia in World Cup qualifying last October.

Under him they have won a Copa America and reached the semi-finals of the World Cup in 2010.

"We have worked together for 12 years towards obtaining objectives and goals, but given our limits as a football country - people have to remember we are a nation of 3 million rather than 50 million", he said.

But the 3rd match against Russian Federation saw why the Uruguayans have the best forward line-up in the World as Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani fired one each in between a Denis Cheryshev own goal to register a convincing 3-0 victory against the host nation as they qualified as group toppers from group A.

His partnership with Cavani will provide a stern test to a Portuguese defence that was picked apart by Spain and given a fright by Iran in their last group game.

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Training is conducted in English under Spanish coach Roberto Martinez, who spent a decade managing in England . It wouldn't be a stretch do declare them as the most risky front-two in the world when on song.

2-time former World Cup winners Uruguay started off their campaign with hard earned 1-0 victory Egypt courtesy of 89th-minute victor by Jose Gimenez.

That was just one league goal fewer than Ronaldo.

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.

Ronaldo (four goals) and Suarez (two) both enjoyed fine group stages at the World Cup, with the victor of their meeting to face either France or Argentina.

Both men missed out on the knockout phase in Brazil four years ago, with Suarez banned after biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini earlier on while Portugal were knocked out in the first round.

Jose Gimenez could return for Uruguay after he missed the final group game against Russian Federation with a back injury.

"We have to play as a team".

"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".

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