FIFA World Cup knockout round kicks off today

World Cup diary: Spain prepare for last-16 test

Portugal coach Fernando Santos has said he hopes Cristiano Ronaldo will continue with the national team after they crashed out of the World Cup.

But since then he has scored in each of his country's games, against Saudi Arabia and Russian Federation, leaving him just one goal away from equalling Oscar Miguez's Uruguayan record tally of eight at World Cups. And when Uruguay got its chance to counter, it was deadly with the combo of Suarez and Cavani.

When it comes to Cavani, though, Suarez says it is unclear at the moment whether he will be able to face Didier Deschamps' side.

See also video of goals and video highlights Uruguay - Portugal.

"It's a shame if we don't (see Messi and Ronaldo at the next World Cup). We have great players, a fantastic group, with young players, with great ambition to win and that's why I'm confident and I'm happy, because I know the national team will always be giving its best".

But his own strong form has not put an end to Portugal's scoring problems, mirroring their Euro 2016 run where they drew all their group games and had less possession than their opponents in all of their knockout matches.

Cristiano Ronaldo managed a smile despite departing Russian Federation on the back of World Cup heartache as he flew home with the Portugal team on Sunday.

Uruguay will seek to summon up all their famous defensive spirit in Friday's quarter-final against France to shackle the Europeans' lighting-fast teenage top-scorer Kylian Mbappe.

However, Ronaldo, who will be 37 by the time of the next World Cup, would not be drawn on whether he planned to extend his worldwide career.

In FIFA World Cup, the Round of Sixteen is beginning from today.

Both the former Napoli forward and Suarez missed the first two qualifiers against Bolivia and Colombia back in 2015, but Uruguay won those games comfortably, without conceding a goal.

The first match of the day will be played between France and Argentina in Kazan at 7.30 this evening while Uruguay will meet Portugal in Sochi later at 11.30 tonight.

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