Ronaldo gone as Portugal knocked out of World Cup

Uruguay's Diego Godin holds the key to locking out Cristiano Ronaldo

A brace from Edinson Cavani saw Uruguay edge out Portugal 2-1 on Saturday at the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi to secure a quarter-final place at the 2018 World Cup.

France were the first team into the last eight after a thrilling 4-3 win over Argentina which sent Messi home.

After scoring two wonderful goals either end of a Pepe header, Cavani picked up an injury and was unable to continue in the Round of 16 game between Uruguay and Portugal. But what it did do was not drop any points as it racked up successive wins against Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Russian Federation, without ever managing to look overly troubled. They owe much to Cristiano Ronaldo who is in good form and they may look to him to give them their moments of star quality.

In contrast, Uruguay march on with arguably the best defence in worldwide football and one of the best strike pairings anywhere.

However, 10 minutes later, Cavani was done, limping off in obvious pain.

Suarez nearly doubled the lead from a free-kick midway through the first half that forced a good save from Rui Patricio.

He did not even manage a touch of the ball in the Uruguay penalty area during a frustrating first half when his only effort was a free kick that was blocked by the wall.




Not long after the restart, Portugal found their breakthrough when Cavani's earlier leap was mimicked by Pepe in the 55th minute when he rose unmarked to meet a cross into the box and power a header past a rooted Muslera.

In other words, it won't be Suarez vs. Ronaldo when Uruguay and Portugal meet in the World Cup round of 16 on Saturday night, it'll be team against team.

Rui Patricio of Portugal can not stop Edinson Cavani's goal for Uruguay during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match.

But their response to that was magnificent as they went quickly retook the lead, Rodrigo Bentancur teeing up Cavani for a magnificent first-time curling strike into the far corner on his right foot.

Real Madrid forward Ronaldo has scored four of Portugal's five goals so far, while Barcelona star Suarez netted against Saudi Arabia and Russian Federation.

Forwards: Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain), Maximiliano Gomez (Celta Vigo), Luis Suarez (Barcelona), Cristhian Stuani (Girona), Jonathan Urretaviscaya (Monterrey). Uruguay's deadly duo will be a real problem for Didier Deschamp's defence.

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