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Luis Suarez says 'fully motivated' Uruguay must give everything against Portugal

30 June 2018

"We've improved in possession thanks to the younger players but we haven't lost that commitment, that fight, the sacrifice and solidarity, the determination to overcome adversity".

The teams will meet at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday in a World Cup Round of 16 game. There is not a single player that can contain him there.

Portugal left back Raphael Guerreiro, winger Gelson Martins and midfielder William Carvalho all sat out training on Thursday with minor muscular complaints.

Portugal head coach Fernando Santos. Oscar Tabarez is the longest-serving global manager.

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"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".

Ronaldo began the tournament in spectacular fashion, with his stunning free kick completing a hat trick and snatching a 3-3 draw against Spain at Fisht Stadium.

It was a similar story in Brazil four years ago, when Uruguay eliminated Italy in Natal in a game which saw Suarez bite Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder. We want to achieve this at the World Cup.

That approach has remained the same in Russian Federation, but of the 32 teams at the competition, only Saudi Arabia and Spain boast a cleaner disciplinary record than Uruguay, who have committed just 42 fouls in three games. That miss, however, has probably fired the 33-year-old to come up with a stronger display in this encounter.

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These two countries with a combined population of 13.5 million have always been overachievers on the worldwide scene - the last decade under Tabarez has seen two-time former winners Uruguay reach one World Cup semi-final and win one Copa America, while Portugal triumphed at Euro 2016.

The game will see plenty of intriguing battles as Atletico Madrid's Diego Godin will be tasked with keeping Real Madrid's Ronaldo quiet. He's reached the knockout stages on each previous occasion: Euro 2012 quarter-finals & World Cup 2014 round of 16 with Greece; Euro 2016 winners and at the very least World Cup 2018 round of 16 with Portugal.

Essentially a one-man team spearheaded by Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal have dazzled and baffled this summer, their fortunes revolving around the Real Madrid talisman. "That doesn't cross our minds, but if it's boring and we win.", said Uruguay's veteran coach Oscar Washington Tabarez on Friday, looking ever more frail at the age of 71.

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Luis Suarez says 'fully motivated' Uruguay must give everything against Portugal