Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani missed Monday's training and remains a doubt for this week's World Cup quarterfinal against France, though a muscle tear has been ruled out. Doctors inform that Cavani has already started rehabilitation and perform some exercise. Cavani, who is also on three strikers so far, is priced further out at 26.00 to finish with the Golden Boot.
With Luis Suarez and Edison Cavani playing off each other they form a potent attack which wrecks havoc on most defenses.
With a defence built around the central pairing of Jose Gimenez and the vastly experienced 32-year-old Diego Godin - they also play together at Atletico Madrid - Uruguay have won all four games in Russian Federation, conceding a solitary goal.
Ronaldo showed flashes of his brilliance but he could not break into the resolute Uruguayan back line. Uruguay have yet to concede a goal in Russian Federation, although going forward they have relied mainly on set pieces to score their goals.
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"This is football. Whoever scores more goals wins", Ronaldo said.
This has been his best World Cup in terms of goals scored, as he leaves with four in total, including a hat-trick in a 3-3 draw with Spain in the group stage.
Both these nations won their respective World Cup groups and can come into this tie full of confidence.
"I am sure he will. Cristiano still has a lot to give to the game", Santos said when asked if he felt his captain would carry on representing his country.
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Uruguay has gone deep into the World Cup before, even with some of the same players, yet after four straight wins, it's clear there is something more to the group that Oscar Tabarez has brought to Russian Federation.
The South Americans have conceded just one goal - the joint lowest in the tournament with Brazil - in four straight wins on their way to the showdown in Nizhny Novgorod. That's football at the end of the day, there can only be one victor, and it goes to the best team rather than the best player.
The forward will turn 37 when the next World Cup arrives, in Qatar in 2022 but refused to consider his future as he left the stadium. It was hard because the opposition had more ball possession and were very often in our half of the pitch.
Both Lionel Messi's Argentina and Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal crashed out of the World Cup on Saturday, leading many fans to question whether we will see the two greatest footballers of our era in action at the global showpiece again.
Uruguay v Portugal 30 June 2018
With that said, Rodrigo Bentancur soon restored the advantage as he laid on the second for Cavani. "It's very exciting. Everywhere he went, the Portugal great was hounded by two or three Uruguayan defenders .