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Cristiano Ronaldo looks on as Iran keeper Alireza Beiranvand makes the save

But the Barcelona forward played down any rivalry with Real Madrid star Ronaldo, saying the FIFA World Cup and worldwide football was a completely different story.

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La Celeste's strength is based on the twin pillars of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani up front and Atletico Madrid centre-back pairing Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez, who must face up to a familiar foe.

"We will study them. We have our weapons and we're going to try to win".

Ahead of their return to the Black Sea coast, the more prosaic feel that ran throughout their slow march to Euro 2016 glory has returned, with Ronaldo giving Portugal an early lead they hung on to against Morocco before Ricardo Quaresma's sublime strike illuminated a VAR-fuelled 1-1 draw with Iran. "When we attack we need to be able to attack, but it doesn't come from an abstract suggestion".

Uruguay won all three of their group matches, beating hosts Russian Federation 3-0 in their last outing, and are the only team yet to concede a goal at the tournament.

Portugal will be looking to progress past the round of sixteen for only the second time in their history when they take on Uruguay on Saturday evening.

Defender Jose Gimenez is set for a return for Uruguay after missing the victory over Russian Federation with a back injury. It would be foolish to bet against him getting swiftly back on track.

Uruguay is the only remaining side in this World Cup yet to concede a goal.

Ronaldo, the pride of Portugal and Real Madrid, and Suarez, the infamous biter from Uruguay and Barcelona, are on a collision course at this year's Soccer World Cup in Russian Federation.

"Considering the limitations we have as a country in footballing terms, we have come into this World Cup just as we wanted and in the three games we have played so far I think we are closer than ever to what we want to be". At 33 he is enjoying the best World Cup of his career and his goal against Morocco in the group stage took his tally at worldwide level to 85, more than any other male European player in history.

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