Cristiano Ronaldo vs Luis Suarez in clash of top strikers

Alireza Beiranvand after the match on Monday

The 2016 European Champions showed moments of class in the group stages. While Uruguay have looked fairly confident despite wins in slender margins, Portugal scraped past in their final group stage outing against Iran.

Uruguay has won all their matches at the 2018 World Cup and head into Saturday's last-16 tie against Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal as slight favourites in Sochi.

Can they beat the reigning European Champions?

What time does the FIFA World Cup 2018 Uruguay vs Portugal Round of 16 match begin? They soon followed it up with another 1-0 victory over a determined Saudi Arabian side with help of a Luis Suarez goal.

Uruguay's formidable defence have not let in a goal at all in 2018, while Suarez has recovered from a poor first outing in Russian Federation to score in wins over Saudi Arabia and the hosts. Gimenez has returned to training and could be available to play against Portugal and his familiar Real Madrid adversary.

Gimenez is back with his Uruguay team-mates after a thigh injury ruled him out against Russian Federation.

Uruguay XI: Fernando Muslera; Martin Caceres, Jose Maria Gimenez, Diego Godin, Diego Laxalt, Nahitan Nandez, Matias Vecino, Lucas Torreira, Rodrigo Bentancur, Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani.

As per the itinerary I crafted for myself before landing in Russian Federation, I should remain in Sochi - where I saw Cristiano Ronaldo's hat-trick heroics vs Spain on Matchday 1 - until July 8. The Portuguese are undefeated in the 2 matches these two teams have played in, with the last match coming in 1972.

Uruguay booked their round of 16 berth with a phenomenal run of back to back victories while Portugal stuttered in one game in which Ronaldo failed to score.

Ronaldo (four goals) and Suarez (two) both enjoyed fine group stages at the World Cup, with the victor of their meeting to face either France or Argentina.

Uruguay is the only remaining side in this World Cup yet to concede a goal. I expect a tough and very physical match with a penalty shootout to determining the winners of this match.

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