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It's different at club level - Suarez plays down Ronaldo rivalry

Bruno Alves: 'We are focusing on ourselves' World Cup 2018: Uruguay vs. Portugal preview, players to watch, key stats
Jennie Wade | 30 June, 2018, 19:23

And Uruguay has identified Ronaldo, with four goals so far at Russian Federation 2018, as the biggest threat to their hopes of a place in the last eight.

"The important thing is to think about the [round of 16] match, think about the game, get to know your adversaries and then to get well prepared mentally and physically, regardless of it being Uruguay or the hosts", Santos said of his team's progress.

Cristiano Ronaldo has never scored in the knockout stages of the World Cup.

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That was just one league goal fewer than Ronaldo. "In planning the match, especially focusing on the opponent and considering the level that every player has, it's all relative".

"We will take him seriously, but we will not be obsessed by it". If they can come through Saturday's tie, they may even start to believe that they can go all the way and win a third World Cup, a first since 1950.

Mexico smashed but benefit from Germany collapse
In case of a draw or a loss, their chances will depend on whether South Korea manage to beat Germany in the other Group F match. The team won both its first matches in the tournament but has never achieved three consecutive victories in a World Cup .

Holders Germany knocked out of World Cup 2018
It is the fourth time in the last five World Cups that the defending champions have been eliminated in the group stage. They have far more quality than South Korea in their squad and should secure a comfortable victory in this one.

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"Nine of the players on the pitch for Portugal are European champions, so that speaks of the quality, and we have been preparing for quite a while". Ronaldo's battle with Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin promises to be interesting and depending who can keep their cool, could potentially win the match for their team.

"We are in good shape, we have been working together for 12 years and achieving our objectives gradually, little by little", Tabarez said.

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.

"I feel that we're always highly motivated".

But the Barcelona forward played down any rivalry with Real Madrid star Ronaldo, saying the FIFA World Cup and worldwide football was a completely different story.

"It doesn't get any better", said Barcelona striker Suarez, who came to Russian Federation for possibly his last crack at the World Cup after scoring 25 times in La Liga last season. "And everybody will try and give their utmost tomorrow as to prevail".

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