Published: Tue, July 03, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Cavani scores twice, Uruguay ousts Ronaldo and Portugal 2-1

Cavani scores twice, Uruguay ousts Ronaldo and Portugal 2-1

Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez said he was "worried" for the Paris Saint-Germain star while BBC pundit Martin Keown described Cavani being hurt as a "national disaster". Check out the brand new daily JOE World Cup Minipod hosted by Dion Fanning, Paddy McKenna and Carl Kinsella featuring JOE.co.uk Senior Football Correspondent and font of wisdom Melissa Reddy.

If Barcelona forward Messi, who previously quit the Argentina team in 2016 before changing his mind, does not continue until the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, he will end his career without a major trophy for his country.

Ronaldo also said that Portugal were unlucky to lose to Uruguay. To go one step further than Lionel Messi. "We have great players, a fantastic group". We wanted to win, we fought well, but Uruguay should be congratulated. Uruguay, meanwhile, had not conceded a goal in 2018 - an impressive run of six games, three of them at Russian Federation 2018. "We have to keep our heads high".

"You can not say that he and Portugal have shown great combinations or tiki-taka football to score great goals".

"We gave our best", Ronaldo said.

The World Cup lost its headline acts on Saturday as the game's two biggest stars, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, readied to leave Russian Federation after their teams were eliminated in the round of 16.

Cavani had already put Uruguay in front early on, only for Pepe to head Portugal level in the 53rd minute in a thrilling contest that was not the battle of attrition many predicted.

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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. "I learned that in Italy when I was working there", said Tabarez, who coached at Cagliari and briefly AC Milan in the 1990s.

Uruguay had eight blocked shot attempts after having just five in the first three games combined.

Ronaldo played a pivotal role in France during Portugal's triumphant campaign two years ago, and during the tournament in Russian Federation he became Europe's top global goal-scorer and only second in the world to Iran's Ali Daei.

There is always competition to earn a place in the team, but things are easier "when they have given you the rules and everything is done based on our sacred word. which is respect". Against Portugal, they looked well balanced and while they did concede, it was the first goal against them in 597 minutes of football, a run stretching back to August past year.

His first goal on Saturday involved an incredible, cross-field combination with Luis Suarez.

"Now we have a very strong opponent in France", Tabarez said.

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo cut a frustrated figure during the entire match and could not add to his four goals in the first two matches, failing to improve his record of failing to score in all six World Cup knockout matches he has played.

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