Cristiano Ronaldo hailed after Edinson Cavani incident

01 July, 2018, 08:10 | Author: Ellis Copeland
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He is Belgium's record scorer with 40 goals in 71 appearances and will be central to their hopes as Roberto Martinez attempts to finally get the best out of a golden generation.

"I am sure that Portugal will continue to be one of the best teams in the world".

It is being claimed in Argentina that Messi, for the first time in the tournament, will be deployed as a false No.9, with both Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain left on the bench and Christian Pavon and Angel Di Maria playing in advance of Messi instead.

The thrilling last-16 match was in the balance until Kylian Mbappe popped up with a four-minute double to see off Argentina.

Edinson Cavani, who failed to finish the match after suffering a late injury, scored a superb goal in each half, and although Pepe scored in-between, it was not enough to halt the Uruguayans, who have now won all four of their matches so far in Russian Federation. 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. Portugal defender Pepe made Uruguay pay for sitting back when he leapt unmarked to head in a cross from Raphael Guerreiro following a short corner to level the match at 1-1 in the 55th minute. "Uruguay scored with their first shot on our goal".

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"He is an exceptional player", said Uruguay's veteran coach Oscar Tabarez.

"Even if you don't have a lot of possession you can inflict pain on your opponent".

Ronaldo has now played in four World Cups and scored a total of seven goals, three of which came against Spain this summer. Ronaldo had an opportunity in the first half to score from a free kick about 30 metres out but could only hit the wall.

"We know that, we are warned". We tried to surround him with the right players to take advantage of that talent, it is a talent that no other team has. "He helped us win, and that makes a big difference".

After Uruguay clinched victory to set up a last-eight showdown with France, Cavani told A Bola: "It's very exciting".

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