Luis Suarez plays down Cristiano Ronaldo feud ahead of last-16 tie

But if Ronaldo is in full tilt, the charismatic Real Madrid forward can take the game away from his opponents and take Portugal to their second quarter-final.

"A match-up between Spanish sides Barcelona and Real Madrid, also known El Clasico, is one of the biggest rivalries in sport", Suarez said.

This was Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo's 38th game in World Cups/European Championships - no player has played in more across the two competitions (equal with Bastian Schweinsteiger).

The best players in the world put in a tremendous amount of hard work every day to maintain their supremacy at the top and they equally enjoy it when their input to the game pays dividends.

France were the first team into the last eight after a thrilling 4-3 win over Argentina which sent Messi home.

Goalkeepers: Martin Campana (Independiente), Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray), Martin Silva (Vasco da Gama).

A narrow victory against Morocco was their only win in their first three matches and they will have to improve against Uruguay, who are unlikely to allow spaces behind their defence.

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This will be the third encounter between Uruguay and Portugal and their first at the World Cup. Nahitan Nandez, 15. Matías Vecino, 6. Luis Suarez with the ideal delivery from the left side of the Portugal box, and Edinson Cavani made no mistake in putting the ball into the net.

Tabarez, who has coached Uruguay since 2006, has never hidden his admiration for his captain.

Uruguay got off to a flying start, with Edinson Cavani scoring after just seven minutes, putting pressure on Ronaldo's side nearly immediately.

Portugal might have been chasing an equaliser in one of the most frustrating games of Cristiano Ronaldo's career but he proved his class with a great gesture to a fellow professional. For good reading, Ronaldo scored four out of the five goals. Diego Laxalt, 14. Lucas Torreira, 8.

GOAL! Uruguay strike back, and its Cavani at the double!

Cristiano Ronaldo attempted six shots for Portugal tonight (one on target) - one more than the entire Uruguay team managed over the 90 minutes.

But Uruguay earned the point that took them through to the knockout stages, so it was a case of job done and to hell with the consequences.

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