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Uruguay vs. Portugal - Football Match Report

Uruguay vs. Portugal - Football Match Report”

Ronaldo couldn't find find the target as Cavani scored twice to give Uruguay a 2-1 victory over Portugal in Sochi on Saturday (Sunday NZ time).

Uruguay defender Sebastian Coates warned his team not to focus exclusively on Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of their World Cup last-16 clash with Portugal. On the first day of the knockouts, world's top two footballers have exited the tournament and Twitter couldn't help but feel sad about it.

EDISON Cavani upstaged Cristiano Ronaldo, first with his head and then with his right foot, and sent Uruguay to the World Cup quarterfinals.

Europe has won the last three World Cups, with Italy, Spain and Germany becoming world champions since Brazil last took the trophy back to South America in 2002.

Uruguay is the only team that didn't concede a goal in the first round - in a group containing Russia, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

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Nonetheless, manager Oscar Tabarez wants complete focus from his side, saying: "We need to improve very quickly (from the performance against Russia) because any match in the round of 16 will be extremely hard".

Few players embody that determination like the Atletico defender, whose club have so boldly gone toe-to-toe with richer neighbours Real and their world class striker Ronaldo.

Uruguay's Edinson Cavani scores his side's opening goal.

Uruguay, a two-time champion that reached the semi-finals at the 2010 World Cup, will next face France on Friday in Nizhny Novgorod.

Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi, Cavani, Neymar and so many others are leading lights in Europe, so it is crucial for the game that South America goes deep into this World Cup.

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Ronaldo will be three months short of his 38th birthday when Qatar 2022 kicks off, but, while it remains to be seen if he will be there, Portugal coach Fernando Santos is confident his captain will continue beyond Russian Federation.

FIFA World Cup 2018 Uruguay v/s Portugal match will kick off at 11.30 PM IST (2330 HRS).

The concern going forward will be whether or not Suarez can do it without his strike partner if the injury that saw Cavani limp off with the aid of Ronaldo proves serious. That was Suárez's 12th assist for Cavani in his 44 goals for Uruguay. And up front they boast two of the greatest goal-scorers of their generation in Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani. KEYS TO THE GAME Stopping Ronaldo.

And after 12 years in charge of the team, Tabarez believes Uruguay are a contender to win the competition.

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Japan did what no other Asian team had ever done at a World Cup - beat a South American squad on the biggest stage in football. The only nations that have played more games in the competition without recording a nil-nil are US (33) and Austria (29).



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