Uruguay vs Portugal Player Ratings: Cavani brace smash Ronaldo’s hopes

Uruguay vs Portugal Player Ratings: Cavani brace smash Ronaldo’s hopes

"Right now we are only anxious, but we don't know how grave this injury is", Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez said.

And just like that, he joined Messi in heading out of Russian Federation and out of the World Cup.

The 1998 champions France won 4-3 and looked a different side from the one that struggled to find their cutting edge in the group stage, pouring forward with pace and goal to stretch the ageing Argentine defence in Kazan.

Uruguay has gone deep into the World Cup before, even with some of the same players, yet after four straight wins, it's clear there is something more to the group that Oscar Tabarez has brought to Russian Federation.

Remarkably, the pair packed their bags still never having scored in a World Cup knockout game. Messi's Argentina lost to France in the other game of the day. "We have many young players and it is important to have our captain there". "He tried. The team didn't win because Uruguay scored twice".

Despite making it out of their group along with Spain, they fell at the last-16 stage with Edinson Cavani's brace helping Uruguay to a 2-1 victory in Sochi.

Portugal won EURO 2016 and came to Russian Federation with high expectations after the surprise title in France two years ago, its first in a major tournament.

"This is football. Whoever scores more goals wins", Ronaldo said.

"Cristiano still has a lot to give to football, and I hope he will stay to help the young players grow and develop", Santos said last night.

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While Messi provided two assists in his side's valiant, albeit unsuccessful attempt to topple France, Ronaldo was responsible for a truly very bad display this weekend.

In the 7th minute, Cavani drew first blood for Uruguay by scoring a ideal header assisted by striker Luis Suarez to give his team an early lead.

At 33, Cristiano Ronaldo must surely be nearing the end with Portugal's national team.

Uruguay will now prepare to face France on Friday with Cavani in a race to be fit.

"Cavani has to thank Suarez today, but his movement has always been brilliant, finishing not always great but, for the first, he improvises brilliantly", said Keown. "I hope it's going to be a great clash", he said.

Ronaldo had one clean shot the entire 90 minutes and it came in the opening moments of the match, directly into the arms of Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera.

"At this stage of the tournament I think you need a ideal game to be able to advance", Suarez said after the South Americans vanquished Portugal.

The pair combined for the opener, with Cavani's cross-field pass from the right flank finding Suarez.

"We have a very strong team in terms of mindset", Tabarez said.

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