Cristiano Ronaldo is the equal of two strikers

The Madrid derby comes to the shores of the Black Sea in the last-16 with Uruguayan captain Diego Godin, of Atletico, and his club teammate Jose Maria Gimenez coming up against Real and Portugal's five-time Ballon d'Or victor.

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

Consequently, Uruguay will now face France in the quarter-finals. But now that they're here, the knockouts begin and the room for error gets even smaller.

It is a contest of world class strikers with Uruguay loaded with Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez, Portugal have Cristiano Ronaldo upfront to bolster their chances - as he has already.

For Ronaldo, this was his fifth Round of 16 match but he has yet to score a goal in any of them, leading to another disappointing World Cup ending for one of the best soccer players of all time. He combined with Luis Suarez to compete a series of precision passes to give Uruguay the early advantage with a header in the seventh minute.

Uruguay were semi-finalists in South Africa back in 2010.

Godin is an expert at keeping clean sheets, as the leader of an Atletico defence that is the most formidable in the European club game - they kept 34 in all competitions last season - and of a Uruguay side that has not conceded a goal in 2018 in six games.

From it, Portugal were level as Pepe stormed in to head home from Guerreiro's delivery and grab the goal that they had increasingly threatened since the break.

In that two against one, Ronaldo doesn't compare too badly.

Suarez and Ronaldo are both huge worldwide stars tasked with guiding their countries to the World Cup final.

Ahead of the highly-anticipated match, Portugal coach Fernando Santos signalled a subtle warning to his talisman to keep a check on his nerves during the match. Meanwhile, three of Portugal's last four goals have come from outside the box.

Uruguay striker Luis Suarez believes there is a difference between his rivalry with Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo when it comes to worldwide and club football. "We're there to win". I think this will be the case in this game.

But BBC commentator Dion Dublin thinks they need something more if they are to mount a comeback.


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