Uruguay vs. Portugal World Cup live stream info, channel

Kristopher Nichols
June 30, 2018

The man who has marshalled the best defence in the World Cup so far will relish the task of trying to stop his old foe Cristiano Ronaldo when Uruguay and Portugal meet in Sochi on Saturday. "He has a great potential obviously and in planning the match, especially focusing on the opponent and considering the level that every player has. what Ronaldo has on top of the qualities is that he's the leader of that team".

Portugal beat Poland on penalties on their way to winning Euro 2016.

"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". They have not faced each other since July 1972, when they drew 1-1 at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana stadium.

That approach has remained the same in Russian Federation, but of the 32 teams at the competition, only Saudi Arabia and Spain boast a cleaner disciplinary record than Uruguay, who have committed just 42 fouls in three games.

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

Uruguay have reached the last 16 on four occasions since the format was changed in 1982, but they have only progressed beyond this stage once.

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Portugal opened their World Cup campaign in Sochi with a thrilling 3-3 draw against Spain, and midfielder Adrien Silva said his team have what it takes to score against a Uruguay rear-guard that has not been breached this year.

Uruguay have the benefit of two world class strikers rather than one, and they also have the best defender of the tournament so far in Diego Godin. We're closer than ever to achieving our real objectives and we want to do this at the World Cup. However, they have lost their last three games in the World Cup knockout stages (1 goal scored, 5 conceded).

All five of Uruguay's goals at the 2018 World Cup have been scored from set-pieces (three from corners, one from a direct free-kick and one from an indirect free-kick).

Luis Suarez has scored seven World Cup goals for Uruguay, second only to Oscar Miguez (eight) - Suarez scored twice against South Korea in his only previous World Cup appearance in the round of 16, in 2010. Three of those sides won the league in their countries.

He did have a less-than-stellar performance in Portugal's last match against Iran, but the side's manager Fernando Santos was confident. Portugal sneaked into the knockout stage after almost losing to Iran in its third group stage match.

Gracenote Sports head of analysis Simon Gleave said: "Uruguay came into the 2018 World Cup as outsiders but their victory against Egypt in the opening match immediately increased their chance to 5%". Karim Ansarifard's controversial penalty however, combined with Spain's injury time equaliser against Morocco, sent them into the harder half of the draw.

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