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Cavani fires Uruguay into last 8, Latest Football News

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Edward Snyder | 03 July, 2018, 01:25

That enough to take Portugal out of the group stage but the team couldn't respond to two Edinson Cavani goals as Uruguay claimed a place in the quarter-finals. Despite topping its group undefeated, coach Oscar Tabarez's team did little to raise expectations in the tournament's open stages.

Kylian Mbappe, only 19 and one of the youngest players at the tournament, scored two goals in a five-minute span of the second half to lead France over Argentina 4-3 Saturday and into the World Cup quarterfinals.

With this victory, Uruguay earned a unique distinction of winning four matches in a row in the World Cup since the tournament's inception in 1930. Maybe that is why we got the injury because we gave it our all.

Portugal started their Russian Federation campaign strongly with a 3-3 tie over Spain and a 1-0 win over Morocco, but their recent fixture against Iran - which ended 1-1 - was bathed in controversy during the dying seconds as the opposing team was awarded a penalty through VAR.

Portugal unmistakably dictated the game, but despite trying every which way, came up short due to their struggles breaking down the well-organised Uruguay defence.

"Overall, we leave with our heads held high".

Santos was inevitably asked about Ronaldo on the eve of the knockout clash at Fisht Stadium and the Portugal boss revealed he had won himself a free coffee after betting that he would field questions on the five-time Ballon d'Or victor.

"Happy for what happened today, I hope we can go further", Cavani said.

Ronaldo won Euro 2016 with Portugal and has proven himself to be his country's greatest ever player.

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




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

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

"I said no team can win alone".

Remarkably, neither Ronaldo nor Messi have managed to score a single goal in a knockout tie in four World Cups going back to 2006.

"No team can win with one player alone", Portugal coach Fernando Santos said.

Portugal had no Plan B to fall back on to answer Cavani's masterful strikes on either side of Pepe's headed goal in the 55th minute.

Unfortunately for Portugal, none of the supporting cast stepped up in a match in which the team's captain, marquee player, and talisman registered just a single shot on target.

The Uruguayans are an elite defensive group, with a midfield that dominated Portugal and never allowed Ronaldo to take over like he has so many times before.

"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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