Cavani sends Uruguay to World Cup last eight as Portugal bow out

01 July, 2018, 00:32 | Author: Kristopher Anderson

Star player Luis Suarez scored twice as Uruguay defeated Egypt, Saudi Arabia and hosts Russian Federation to set up a Round of 16 tie with reigning European champions, Portugal.

Ronaldo, though, has already scored four times at this World Cup, including a hat-trick on his last visit here when Portugal drew 3-3 with Spain.

There was no goal from Ronaldo this time.

Uruguay, going by their form in the group stages, will have the edge over Portugal.

It was Cavani who instead took the spotlight.

Santos also warned his side of the quality throughout the Uruguay ranks, from skipper Diego Godin at the back to Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez up front. "There aren't words to describe this".

In the end, Cavani's two goals were enough to sink Portugal 2-1 and cancel out a Pepe equalizer and send Ronaldo home.

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With 20 minutes remaining, Bernardo Silva hooked over after Muslera had failed to hold a ball in the area under pressure, and then a Ronaldo strike from outside the box came back off a defender.

But by defeating the reigning European champions, the two-time World Cup winners will face France in Nizhny Novgorod on Friday with hopes of making it to the semifinals and keeping alive the prospect of an all-South American clash in the final.

In the final moments of the half, with Suarez down following a challenge from Raphael Guerreiro, Portugal won a corner that came to nothing before a half-chance was steered wide by Cavani at the far post.

"[Ronaldo] is one of the best strikers in the world".

Like Messi, Ronaldo has never scored in a knockout round match at the World Cup.

Despite the exchanges often becoming heated, Uruguay striker Suarez claims that any ill feeling towards Portuguese star Ronaldo is limited to club matches and not the global stage.

To stop Ronaldo, Uruguayan central defensive partnership of Diego Godin and Jose Maria Gimenez, who is set to comeback after missing the third match due to a thigh injury, need to be at their best.

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