Brilliant Cavani brace fires Uruguay into last eight

01 July, 2018, 12:56 | Author: Kristine Mills
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Defeat for the European champions finished Cristiano Ronaldo's hopes of success in Russian Federation just hours after Lionel Messi and Argentina were knocked out, beaten 4-3 by Les Bleus.

The pair linked up excellently for Uruguay's first goal, Suarez playing in a cross for Cavani to head past Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio.

Pepe gave Portugal some hope when he found the equaliser in the 55th minute.

Cavani now has three goals at the World Cup, but limped off in the 70th minute with an apparent injury and had to be replaced.

Ronaldo may have provided more fireworks, but if World Cup success is the standard by which we measure greatness, the Ronaldo and Messi debate looks set to rage on, with both failing to progress beyond the Round of 16.

The Paris Saint-Germain striker combined brilliantly with Luis Suarez in the 7th minute to open the scoring before Pepe leveled for Portugal with a header just after half-time.

Uruguay took seven minutes to regain the lead as Cavani completed his brace. I don't have words to describe it.

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Uruguay will advance to the quarterfinals and will face France next.

Uruguay's quartet of young midfielders in Matias Vecino, Rodrigo Bentancur, Lucas Torreira and Nahitan Nandez did well to cut down the spaces to reduce the supplies to Ronaldo as Portugal trailed by a goal at the half-time.

Like Messi, Ronaldo has never scored in a knockout round match at the World Cup. Fubo TV also offers three days of auto recording and 30 hours of Cloud DVR service in case you can't watch the Argentina Uruguay game immediately.

Uruguay are due to play France in the last eight on Friday in Nizhny, and coach Oscar Tabarez said he was "worried" for Cavani.

Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez will start in central defence and they will count on all their La Liga experience at Atletico Madrid to stop arch-rival Ronaldo in his tracks. The South Americans work the ball to Cavani who has time to consider his options on the edge of the box. he wraps his body around the ball, curling an unstoppable shot into the top corner.

Uruguay is the only team that didn't concede a goal in the first round - in a group containing Russia, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

Attention will now turn to whether Ronaldo will continue to captain Portugal but the 33-year-old stated that those questions are for another day.

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