Uruguay v Portugal: World Cup 2018 – live!

We now know that the winners of tonight’s match will face France in the first quarter-final on Friday afternoon. If you were unfortunate enough to miss the changing of the guard, 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe demolishing Argentina as Lionel Messi took his leave of the World Cup stage, relive every moment with Jacob Steinberg’s MBM ... then get on Jonathan Wilson’s match report from the Kazan Arena.

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You can dress this one up any way you want. But when you boil the bones down, this is Luis Suarez versus Cristiano Ronaldo. You know, apologies to Edinson Cavani, Ricardo Quaresma, Diego Godin, Pepe and all ... bottom line, this is a showdown between two of the greatest players in the world. Hey, there’s nothing wrong with being a little starstruck, it’s the innocent fun of the World Cup. Don’t let that cynical old inner hipster smother your childlike wonder.

That doesn’t mean we’re talking about one-man teams, of course ... oh no, because both of these countries have a decent chance of winning this wide-open World Cup. Both boast a superstar; both can rely on a super-strong supporting cast; both are usually parsimonious in defence; both are dangerous in attack; both have been battle-hardened in recent major tournaments. Portugal are the reigning European champions, and were World Cup semi-finalists in 2006; Uruguay made it to the last four in 2010, and plenty who won the 2011 Copa America remain. It wouldn’t be beyond the realms of fantasy if either side lifted the trophy on July 15.

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