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 - EPL 2021-22: Bruno Fernandes Miss Crucial Penalty as Aston Villa Stun Manchester United at Old Trafford

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 - Robert Lewandowski Receives European Golden Shoe After Beating Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo

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 - EPL 2021-22: David De Gea and Jesse Lingard Stars in Manchester United's Dramatic Win Over West Ham

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)