Nizhny Novgorod, Russia: Uruguay midfielder Matias Vecino on Wednesday said that his side's upcoming knockout-round match against Portugal in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia would be decided by the details.
Vecino said in a press conference that Portugal is a great team that is expected to put a lot of pressure on La Celeste in Saturday's match, and asserted that Portugal and Uruguay are equal in terms of strength and potential.
Asked how he felt after Uruguay's most recent 3-0 thrashing of Russia, and how his team has evolved since their last-minute 1-0 win against Egypt, Vecino stressed that the level of play among coach Oscar Tabarez's squad has improved.
Regarding his personal performance in the group stage, the midfielder acknowledged that he needs to do some self-analysis and improve on his work in the group matches.
Vecino also praised Portugal stars Joao Mario and Cristiano Ronaldo, who he said his teammates must work to avoid fouling.