Uruguay focused and ready for Portugal and Ronaldo, says Suarez

Uruguay's defender Martin Caceres (L) and Uruguay's forward Edinson Cavani joke as they take part in a training session of Uruguay's national football team at the Park Arena in Sochi on June 29, 2018, on the eve of the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Uruguay and Portugal. (AFP)2

Uruguay have put their three group wins behind them and are fully focused on Portugal and Ronaldo, striker Luis Suarez said on Friday, June 23, ahead of their last-16 World Cup clash in Sochi on Saturday night.

Uruguay's forward Edinson Cavani (C) stretches as he takes part in a training session of Uruguay's national football team at the Park Arena in Sochi on June 29, 2018, on the eve of the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Uruguay and Portugal. (AFP)

Having swept aside hosts Russia to top their group, Barcelona's Suarez and his Uruguay team mates are taking no chances as they prepare for Portugal, the reigning European champions led by his La Liga rival Cristiano Ronaldo.

National team coach Oscar Tabarez is also wary of the European champions - and in particular of their talismanic striker.

Uruguay's forward Luis Suarez (rear C) reacts as he takes part in a training session of Uruguay's national football team at the Park Arena in Sochi on June 29, 2018, on the eve of the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Uruguay and Portugal. (AFP)

Despite its small population, Uruguay's proud World Cup history including trophies in 1930 and 1950 and a fourth place finish in 2010 means fans' expectations are high, and Tabarez said nothing to dampen their enthusiasm.


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