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Brilliant Cavani brace fires Uruguay into last eight

01 July, 2018, 15:30 | Author: Lora Ball
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In other words, it won't be Suarez vs. Ronaldo when Uruguay and Portugal meet in the World Cup round of 16 on Saturday night, it'll be team against team.

Portugal, who won Euro 2016 in France, dominated possession but their attack did not have enough bite to break through the Uruguay defense twice, leaving captain Cristiano Ronaldo a frustrated figure during the entire match.

He scored a minute after Ronaldo tested Fernando Muslera with a 20-yard long-ranger in the sixth minute. Suarez held up play for a few seconds to give Cavani time to arrive at the goal, then cut back and laced a ideal cross that ricocheted off Cavani's face and into the back of the net.

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.

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Uruguay set up perfectly to stop him from being the difference maker that he so often is in matches, especially in big matches such as this. Godin marked Ronaldo in keeping away the latter's aerial threat.

And with Cristiano Ronaldo leading the charge for the Iberian side, Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez knows it is no easy task to stop the Real Madrid star.

Uruguay had not conceded a goal in the tournament until a header from veteran central defender Pepe breached the defence of the South Americans.

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That "look" at an opponent before challenging for an aerial ball wins him countless fouls and loose balls, allowing Uruguay to get their shape back as they come under the inevitable pressure their style permits. But Silva lashed a shot off hastily that sailed harmlessly over the crossbar.

Then the experienced defender had a head in gifting Uruguay the victor on 62 minutes. Bentancur made way for veteran midfielder Cristian Rodriguez to see his side home towards the end.

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It is an accusation often levelled at Portugal that they are a toothless team if Cristiano Ronaldo has an off day, but their victory in the Euro 2016 final with their talisman missing most of the game through injury is used as the flawless riposte to that suggestion.

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