Uruguay vs Portugal: Soares backs Ronaldo to see off Suarez and Cavani

Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvan who was once homeless saves a penalty from Cristiano Ronaldo

Beiranvan who was once homeless saves a penalty from Cristiano Ronaldo

Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez claims his team will not "lose sleep" over Cristiano Ronaldo, despite admitting that stopping the Portugal captain is too much to ask of a single player ahead of the World Cup round-of-16 clash in Sochi.

The result, combined with Spain's 2-2 draw with Morocco and an earlier win for Uruguay over hosts Russian Federation in Group A, means Portugal will play Uruguay in Sochi on June 30, while Group B winners Spain will face Russian Federation in Moscow on July 1.

Gimenez and Suarez were respectively responsible for unremarkable 1-0 wins over Egypt and Saudi Arabia but the Barcelona striker and Cavani were both on target as hosts' Russian Federation were exposed to a gulf in class and a 3-0 defeat.

"When it comes to Ronaldo at club level, that's different", Suarez said.

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Portugal survived a late scare against Iran on Monday, as Ronaldo missed a penalty and was fortunate to escape a red card for an elbow.

Oscar Tabarez: We need to improve very quickly [from the performance against Russia], because any match in the round of 16 will be extremely hard.

"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".

The 36-year-old Alves is at his third World Cup, although the Rangers centre-back has yet to make an appearance in Russian Federation.

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"And I believe we are closer than ever to achieving our real objectives". "I hope my team can be as strong as Uruguay, and that Cristiano can then make the difference". We've shown we have the chance to win and if we keep it up this way I think we'll be successful.

The sides meet in Sochi on Saturday, with Uruguay the only team alongside Croatia from the six completed groups at Russian Federation 2018 to boast a 100 per cent record.

Alves sounded a note of caution following the departure of defending champions Germany.

La Celeste's strength is based on the twin pillars of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani up front and Atletico Madrid centre-back pairing Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez, who must face up to a familiar foe.

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