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Cristiano Ronaldo and Diego Godín have faced off on many occasions

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But by defeating the reigning European champions, the two-time World Cup winners will face France in Nizhny Novgorod on Friday with hopes of making it to the semifinals and keeping alive the prospect of an all-South American clash in the final.

Uruguay defender Jose Gimenez, who scored their first goal of the tournament, should also be ready to return after sitting out their final group game with Russian Federation. Not much time left for Portugal. 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.

38 - Another try for Portugal on the header from Goncalo Guedes but it's saved by Uruguayan goalie Fernando Muslera. While same goes for the Portuguese players and their immediate nemesis, Luis Suarez. Teammate Luis Suarez dropped a right-footed dime toward the right side of the box, and Cavani received it easily.

6th minute - Ronaldo gives it a rip from outside the box but can't convert it.

Pepe finally breached the Uruguay defence ten minutes after the break with a powerful header following a corner to make 1-1 for Portugal.

Portugal's route to the knockout stages was less straightforward and they had to survive a late scare against Iran to progress. They had just 30% possession after halftime. Twelve of those have been assisted by Luis Suarez.

Wimbledon 2018 seeds: Halep top, Serena 25th
The tennis great said earlier this week that pregnancy should not be penalized when it comes to tournament seeding. The 36-year-old American gave birth to a daughter last September and was off the tour for more than a year.

This is a side with excellent, Italian-based midfielders in Rodrigo Bentancur, Lucas Torreira and Matias Vecino.

In total, Messi went 756 minutes in the business end of the World Cup without scoring and Ronaldo 514 minutes.

Fans should expect a feisty game which will be extremely competitive.

Ronaldo is one of the best strikers in the world, he has great potential.

If Uruguayan defenders manage to get the best of Cristiano Ronaldo and get him sent off early in the game, it might be effectively game over for Portugal in Russian Federation.

In the Round of 16 World Cup match between Portugal and Uruguay, Cristiano Ronaldo helped Uruguay's Edinson Cavani off of the field.

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