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 - KOHLINOOR: Virat Kohli's Each Sponsored Insta Post Fetches Him In Crores. Deets Inside

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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 Dortmund? Bundesliga Club's Sports Director Dismisses Rumours

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)