Cavani double carries Uruguay to World Cup quarter-finals

Cavani double carries Uruguay to World Cup quarter-finals

Cavani double carries Uruguay to World Cup quarter-finals

Uruguay advance to play France on Friday and Portugal are on their way home. Suarez held up play for a few seconds to give Cavani time to arrive at the goal, then cut back and laced a ideal cross that ricocheted off Cavani's face and into the back of the net.

Both Ronaldo and Messi would be 37 and 34 respectively when the next World Cup comes around, and it is yet unclear whether they will still be a part of their country's worldwide set-up at this time.

Instead, Tabarez knows that the best way to nullify Ronaldo and heighten Uruguay's chances of reaching a World Cup semi-final, his side "will have to work collectively in order to try to limit the effect that he can have".

Portugal's triumphant Euro 2016 campaign was never spectacular but it made the most of what they had available - a world-class striker, a strong defence, a good goalkeeper, a winning mentality and good organisation.

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Centre-back Pepe headed Portugal level in the second half before Edinson Cavani restored Uruguay's lead with his second of the game.

In my opinion Portugal played better than Uruguay, we had some opportunities, but that is what football's about: "who scores more goals wins, so that is why Uruguay is to be congratulated".

Ronaldo was involved somewhat in Portugal's goal, even if he didn't come close to getting a touch on the cross.

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Portugal's flank players created some set-piece sutuations but they couldn't yield the desired equaliser as Uruguay saw off the last anxious moments by doing putting in a heavy defending shift. "It wasn't to be and I'm very disappointed".

'It's not the time to talk about the future, when it comes to the players and coach, ' he said. It was two weeks ago that Ronaldo scored a hat trick in the same stadium against Spain, stroking his chin after the first goal to imply he was the "greatest of all time".

Portugal's 63-year-old coach Santos said his team's talisman should continue. "There is a tournament in September, the Uefa League of Nations, and we hope that he is with us so that he can help the young players who will need their captain's example".

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