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The 2016 European Champions showed moments of class in the group stages.

The quarter-final match between Uruguay and Portugal will take place in Sochi on Sunday (4am AEST). While Uruguay have looked fairly confident despite wins in slender margins, Portugal scraped past in their final group stage outing against Iran.

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Suarez was frustrated during the opening game against Egypt but appears to be coming to the boil just at the right time - he has managed to avoid any further World Cup controversies so far as well, following 2010's handball and 2014's biting. They soon followed it up with another 1-0 victory over a determined Saudi Arabian side with help of a Luis Suarez goal.

The South American side have looked compact and defensively strong in their group games and came away with three victories from Group A. More importantly, their last performance a 3-0 win against hosts Russian Federation highlighted their attacking intent and underlined their potential as dark horses in the tournament.

Uruguay centre-back Jose Gimenez is expected to return to the starting line-up after missing the match against Russian Federation.

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Gelson Martins and Raphael Guerreiro are both in contention to start having returned to full training following injuries.

As per the itinerary I crafted for myself before landing in Russian Federation, I should remain in Sochi - where I saw Cristiano Ronaldo's hat-trick heroics vs Spain on Matchday 1 - until July 8.

Uruguay, meanwhile, go into the knockout stages aiming to win their third World Cup, and first since 1950, in Russian Federation.

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Unfortunately, the structure of the World Cup 2018 brackets and the venues allocated mean that, in the event Portugal advances to the Last 4, they would be playing against either Brazil, Mexico, Belgium or Japan in Saint Petersburg.

Luis Suarez can equal the record of being the highest scorer for Uruguay if he scores one against Portugal. 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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