Cavani Limps Off After Brilliant Brace

Cavani Limps Off After Brilliant Brace

Now the South American team will face France in the quarterfinals.

Messi's return in Russian Federation was more meager - at times he looked disillusioned on the field as Argentine struggled to find anything like their usual style and he drifted deep into midfield in the forlorn hope of influencing games.

"Now it's not the time to talk about the future", Ronaldo said.

Portugal finished as runners-up to Spain in Group B, while Uruguay kept three successive clean sheets as they topped Group A ahead of hosts Russian Federation.

Cavani said he felt a pain and couldn't continue, but was hopeful he could recover in time to be on the field against France. Portugal collected their heads and were back in the game but Uruguay's defence stood tall. We gave our best. We're talking about great teams and players. As the captain of Portugal I know how hard we have worked and we must be proud of the team.

'We go with our heads held high and we are sure that this team will continue to win things'.

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It was Cavani who instead took the spotlight.

In defeating the reigning European champions, Uruguay reinforced it's a team that's deeper than Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani. I have no words to describe this.

The goals raised Cavani's total to three in the 2018 World Cup. He was helped to the sideline with his arm around Ronaldo's back.

Now, Uruguay will take on France on Friday at 3pm. In all probability, it is Messi (31) and Ronaldo's (33) last appearance at the World Cup stage.

Whereas Ronaldo is yet to comment on his worldwide future, Fernando Santos, his national team manager, has. "Usually we also score".

"First of all, congratulations to Uruguay", said Santos after the match.

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Portugal XI: Patricio; Ricardo, Pepe, Fonte, Guerreiro; B. Silva, Carvalho, Adrien Silva, Mario; Ronaldo, Guedes. Ronaldo ran in front of Pepe and drew the attention of both Gimenez and Godin.

Despite making it out of their group along with Spain, they fell at the last-16 stage with Edinson Cavani's brace helping Uruguay to a 2-1 victory in Sochi. He also joined Pele, Miroslav Klose and Uwe Seeler as the only players to score in four World Cups.

"I think it's going to be a great match, two teams that are going to try and win, each using their weapons".

It was a five-pass buildup from deep in its own end that culminated in Uruguay's first goal, and the final two passes were flawless. "That was an incredible play, they have never scored like that before", the 63-year-old said, ruefully.

Uruguay's hero of the evening, Cavani had to be substituted due to what looked like to be a muscle pull.

The proven marksman Ronaldo was understandably given no space by Uruguay's defence, and he hardly got a touch in the opposition box in the first half. The Uruguayans had gone 598 minutes since November 2017 without allowing a goal. But it didn't last long as Uruguay made a quick break and Cavani found the back of the net with one of most awesome goals at the World Cup.

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"It was a mistake from us that cost us the equaliser but luckily we found some space and the team stayed strong mentally", said Tabarez. "We prepared for this".

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