Uruguay: Cavani injury a ‘worry’; France ‘won’t be easy’

Uruguay: Cavani injury a ‘worry’; France ‘won’t be easy’

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were knocked out of the World Cup on the same day as Argentina and Portugal came unstuck and the illustrious pair failed to break their knockout-stage goal droughts.

There are many possible factors for Europe's grip on the World Cup, but South America's contribution to the world game is at least on a par with Europe, with so many of its players starring for European clubs.

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As play switched to the other end, Fonte brought down Suarez for a risky 25-yard free kick and the forward's low shot was well saved by Rui Patricio. "We will have to work collectively in order to try and contain him or in order to try and limit the effect he can have".

Santos, 63, is at his second World Cup, having led Greece to the last 16 four years ago. They carry a huge burden on their shoulders, yet each scored crucial goals in the Group stage.

Cavani headed home before the break and, soon after Pepe had headed a second-half equaliser, scored the victor with a superb curling shot.

But they were level for just seven minutes as Cavani swept home a sensational victor.

Meanwhile, Ronaldo did not touch the ball once in the opposition area in the first period.

32 - Ronaldo gets a free kick try just outside the box but it goes right at the wall.

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He told Fifa .com: "What's the point of us winning [against Germany] if we then go and lose to Sweden or Korea Republic? ". And that's exactly what South Korea will be on Saturday.

Argentina continued to fight over the last 20 minutes but Aguero's header from Messi's cross in stoppage time was too little, too late.

Uruguay's Edinson Cavani scores their first goal past Portugal's Rui Patricio in the World Cup "Round of 16" match in Fisht Stadium, Sochi, Russia, June 30, 2018.

34 minute: Portugal are pressing hard to equalise but fail to hold the ball in the final third.

Portugal were level as from a short corner worked to Raphael Guerreiro in the 55th minute as Ronaldo took Godin away.

While Uruguay are advancing, they now must be concerned with the status of Cavani after he limped off the field and immediately called for a substitute.

And after Portugal equalised on Pepe's header in the 55th minute, it was Cavani again finishing a flawless Uruguay counter in the 62nd with a shot from just inside the penalty area that caught Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio slightly out of position and curled inside the far post.

Rodrigo Bentancur collected the ball around 30 yards out and slipped the ideal pass out to Cavani on the left side of the penalty area, allowing Paris Saint-Germain's record scorer to curl a gorgeous first-time strike across Wolves' new signing Patricio.

"I am very happy, truly content with what just happened", said Cavani.

"It's exciting. there are no words to describe this".

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