Uruguay are gearing themselves up for an intriguing and tight last 16 battle in 2018 World Cup as they battle Portugal.
Both teams have somewhat similar kind of footballing approach, though La Celeste seemingly looking more fluid in every department compared to their European counterpart so far in the tournament.
Topping their group with perfect three out of three victories, Uruguay doesn’t seem themselves having an easy game this Saturday as they believe Portugal will put on a stern test.
Oscar Tabarez will try to set up another tight defense while hoping that his star strikers, Edinson Cavani along with Luis Suarez can produce goals with their swift movement up front.
La Celeste’s solid display since group stage paint them as a very solid side, but the knock out stage often provide different kind of atmosphere and challenges.
That’s why the battle against Selecao das Quinas can be considered as Uruguay’s real test in this World Cup tournament.
Despite struggling to make their way into the knock out stages after a hard fought battle against Iran, Portugal doesn’t lose any confidence ahead of their last 16 battle.
Fernando Santos’ side believe they have all the qualities needed to overcome Uruguay’s challenge, so the tactician is confident about his team’s chances.
Notably, Selecao das Quinas’ main man would be Cristiano Ronaldo, who has scored four goals so far in the tournament, though he failed to convert from the spot kick against Iran, he is surely eager in redeeming himself.
It’s another exciting last 16 battle that should offer lots of entertainment and thrills for football enthusiasts all over the globe.
Probable starting line up:
Uruguay: Fernando Muslera; Martin Caceres, Jose Maria Gimenez, Diego Godin, Diego Laxalt; Nahitan Nandez, Matias Vecino, Lucas Torreira, Rodrigo Bentancur; Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani.
Portugal: Rui Patricio; Cedric, Pepe, Jose Fonte, Raphael Guerreiro, William; Adrien Silva, Ricardo Quaresma, Joao Mario; Goncalo Guedes, Cristiano Ronaldo.