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Ronaldo, Portugal unable to continue great run at World Cup

03 July, 2018, 01:22 | Author: Lora Ball
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Uruguay manager Oscar Tabarez expressed his concern over Edinson Cavani's condition after the forward set up a World Cup quarter-final date with France.

If he's right about that, he could be playing at not just the next World Cup but the 2026 World Cup as well. This is the third time that this record has changed hands in Russian Federation, with Ronaldo and Ricardo Quaresma having both broken it during the group stage. "He is the best player in the world in my opinion and it's natural that the team depends on him, but you can ask the same question to Uruguay's coach too, if his team depends on Suarez or (Edinson) Cavani ..."

In his fourth World Cup, Ronaldo couldn't hide his frustration late in the match in Sochi, furiously complaining with the referee after a non-call for a foul that could have given Portugal a last chance to equalize. Messi's Argentina lost to France in the other game of the day.

"To my mind, Portugal played better than Uruguay".

Uruguay's previous five goals at Russian Federation 2018 all came from set-pieces but they opened the scoring in the seventh minute with a goal of the highest quality.

'We did not hold back at all.

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Portugal coach Fernando Santos threw up his hands in disgust, realising that coming from behind a second time against this Uruguay defence was going to be a tall order.

The opening goal against Portugal was the first time this World Cup we saw the full extent of just what a fully unleashed Cavani and Suarez might be capable of doing.

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

Uruguay didn't concede against Egypt, Saudi Arabia or Russian Federation in the Group Stages, as they topped Group A, and their opening goal against Portugal was an ominous sign for the Europeans.

Uruguay will now lock horns with France, who earlier defeated Argentina 4-3 in their round of 16 match, at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod on July 6.

"The truth is, it was really exciting", Cavani said.

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"I'm very happy and it's flattering to be the second teenager (to score twice in the knock-out rounds) after Pele but let's put things in context: Pele is in another category, but it's good to be among these people", he said.

During Portugal's four matches he showed flashes of his brilliance but was often restricted to foraging on the flanks or denied a clear shot at goal when he cut inside.

Santos said his side had studied their opponents but that it was impossible to legislate for Uruguay's first goal.

His first goal on Saturday involved an incredible, cross-field combination with Luis Suarez.

"It was a mistake from us that cost us the equaliser but luckily we found some space and the team stayed strong mentally", said Tabarez.

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