Group A winners Uruguay, who qualified for the second round without conceding a goal, face Group B runners-up Portugal in the last 16 of the 2018 World Cup.

footballexpert.com verdict: After missing out on top spot in Group B and a match-up with hosts Russia in the last 16, Portugal must now do what no other team has done in 2018 – find a way past the Uruguayan defence. Cristiano Ronaldo and co will be the biggest threat the Uruguayans have faced so far this year, however. Uruguay boast a great strikeforce of their own in Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez, but Portugal proved at Euro 2016 they are capable of building their form to peak late in a tournament. It should be close, but Portugal could edge it.

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