Published: Sun, July 01, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Brilliant Edinson Cavani double sends Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal home

Brilliant Edinson Cavani double sends Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal home

After almost five and a half hours of football, it was the first goal Uruguay had let in at this World Cup - indeed it was the first they had conceded in 2018.

The teams will face off at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday in Sochi, Russia, in the 2018 World Cup Round of 16.

If Portugal beat Uruguay to set up a date against either France or Argentina, their Last 8 fixture will take place in Nizhny Novgorod. They are the only side yet to concede a goal in the World Cup but they have not been seriously tested having played two minnows in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, and a second-string Russian team in their final group game.

Portugal defender Pepe made Uruguay pay for sitting back when he leapt unmarked to head in a cross from Raphael Guerreiro following a short corner to level the match at 1-1 in the 55th minute. Record-breaking captain Cristiano Ronaldo starred with four goals including a hat-trick against Spain and the victor against Morocco.

Ronaldo will be 37 when the Qatar World Cup comes around - although you certainly wouldn't bet against him making himself available for that.

And following his self-centred post-match interview after Real Madrid won the Champions League last month, fans may have expected something similar after being eliminated from the World Cup.

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

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But the world number six survived that threat and then stormed back from 4-1 down to take the second set tie-break. I feel that I'm playing great. "I watched here and there some of his matches", Cilic said.

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Bild headlines from Germany's 7-1 win over Brazil in 2014 and its 2-0 loss to South Korea in 2018. Meanwhile, France and Argentina play each other next, so only one will make the quarter-finals.

Brazil are otherwise unchanged as Tite announced their squad on Thursday with the news that Neymar is expected to start . The penalty was awarded after a video review showed that Alfred Finnbogason had been brought down by Tyronne Ebuehi.

But Santos said he still hopes to see the 33-year-old add to his 154 caps and 85 worldwide goals.

There are many possible factors for Europe's grip on the World Cup, but South America's contribution to the world game is at least on a par with Europe, with so many of its players starring for European clubs.

"But I do feel that the second half was very good from us in terms of desire and our determination to score".

Bernardo Silva drove in a low cross that deflected over as Portugal began to run out of time, and then Nandez was replaced by Carlos Sanchez for Uruguay.

"That was an incredible play", Santos said.

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.

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