Published: Sun, July 01, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

World Cup woe for Messi and Ronaldo as both bow out

World Cup woe for Messi and Ronaldo as both bow out

"In football, there are no moral victories and I would have preferred to play worse and win the match", Portugal coach Fernando Santos said, adding they still needed Ronaldo to guide the national team's younger players. "Ronaldo is very good people".

Sergio Aguero's late header was only window dressing for La Albiceleste and Sampaoli admitted afterwards the team's "grand illusion" of winning the World Cup had come up short.

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Unless you are Argentinian or Portuguese, there's no need to shed a tear for them because the spotlight will now deservedly be on the new wave of worldwide superstars - 19-year-old Frenchman Kylian Mbappe sizzled with his pace and brace in the 4-3 win over Argentina, 22-year-old Mexican Hirving Lozano tore Germany apart, and 24-year-old Englishman Harry Kane is living up to his billing as the world's best No. 9 with five goals so far in this tournament. "I won't decide my future today". Portugal's run for the World Cup came to a screeching halt, thanks to Luis Suarez, 31, Edison Cavani, 31, and the rest of La Celeste.

The Paris Saint-Germain forward opened the scoring early on to make it 1-0 before Pepe equalised after half-time.

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Portugal, who won Euro 2016 in France, dominated possession but their attack did not have enough bite to break through the Uruguay defence twice, leaving captain Cristiano Ronaldo a frustrated figure during the entire match.

Remarkably, neither Ronaldo nor Messi have managed to score a single goal in a knockout tie in four World Cups going back to 2006.

Ronaldo had the opportunity to stake his claim as the GOAT at the World Cup following Messi's elimination but he, too, is being sent home after Portugal lost 2-1 to Uruguay courtesy of a dazzling Edinson Cavani display.

"He's a shining light for us all and we have to do our very best to all try to be at his level".

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