Moscow, June 28 Portugal’s centre back Bruno Alaves expressed confidence ahead of his side’s upcoming knockout-round duel against Uruguay in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Also Read - Lionel Messi Asked if he Would Pass Cristiano Ronaldo if They Played Together? Barcelona Star Answers Ahead of Champions League Quarters vs Bayern Munich

The Rangers FC defender said that Germany’s exit after South Korea’s 2-0 victory over the defending World Cup champions in their final Group F clash showed how hard the matches were, reports Efe. Also Read - Barcelona vs Bayern Munich: Robert Lewandowski Could Pip Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo's Champions League Goal Tally

Alaves in a press conference pointed out that Portugal was well prepared to take on Uruguay since “Portugal has proved that it can play against any team.” Also Read - Cristiano Ronaldo to Barcelona Transfer News Latest Update: Juventus Star’s Camp Reacts to Reports of Possible Move to Join Lionel Messi

Although Alaves, 36, was still waiting to make his debut in the World Cup, he considered being in Russia “already a victory.”

Portugal, who finished second in Group B, is to face Uruguay on Saturday – the opening day of the knockout round – in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi in southeast Russia.
(With inputs from IANS)