Uruguay’s Cavani has swollen calf not tear, says federation

04 July, 2018, 15:51 | Author: Ellis Copeland
  • Factbox - Uruguay v Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo managed a smile despite departing Russian Federation on the back of World Cup heartache as he flew home with the Portugal team on Sunday.

The goal featured superb linkplay between the two forwards, a combination that would be Uruguay's strongest weapon against an attack-minded team like France.

What stood out Saturday against Portugal was Uruguay's comfort without the ball.

Edinson Cavani played hero by scoring both tallies for Uruguay.

Against Morocco he achieved 100 percent success; a shot on goal, a goal and three points for Portugal, but, from then on, his effectiveness decreased.

Midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur said that Cavani "is doing very well, happy about advancing".

The Portgual game had been billed as a showdown between Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo. The Uruguayans are an elite defensive group, with a midfield that dominated Portugal and never allowed Ronaldo to take over like he has so many times before.

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The Atletico Madrid player has a special fondness for Uruguay, leading many to believe that it will be heartbreaking for him to face the team in the World Cup quarterfinals on Friday.

The lingering question all week for Uruguay will be the health of Cavani after he scored two goals but limped off in the 70th minute with a leg injury. Coach Oscar Tabarez said after that win he was unsure whether or not Cavani would recover in time to play a further part in the tournament.

"About Mbappe, everybody knows he's a really good player, he's like (Thierry) Henry a few years ago", Uruguay's own hotshot Luis Suarez told reporters after training on Tuesday.

Despite the five-time Ballon d'Or suggesting he'll remain at the highest level into his 40's, his post-match comments sparked rumours he may end his 15-year career with A Seleção das Quinas. "We have a team with many young players, and of course we all want him there with us". Named as World's best player on five occasions by Federation Internationale de Football Association, he led his country to win the first European Championships trophy in 2016.

Freed from the curse of the penalty shootout after they beat Colombia from the spot, England will be favourites to reach a first World Cup semi-final since 1990. "I think what we did best today was to help the team. They have two exceptional strikers, Griezmann and Mbappe - they're very fast indeed", Tabarez admitted to the press (via Sports Mole).

"Cavani sustained an injury tonight and we will have to see how that evolves as it's not clear at this stage how serious it is", he said.



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