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Cavani brace gives Uruguay 2-1 win over Portugal

01 July, 2018, 03:29 | Author: Carla Brady
  • Cavani Ronaldo and Suarez

Even before the tournament began, Suarez and Cavani stood out as one of the World Cup's deadliest duos; they scored a combined 71 goals last season for Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, respectively. It's a South American giant battling against the reigning Euro champions.

Portugal might have been chasing an equaliser in one of the most frustrating games of Cristiano Ronaldo's career but he proved his class with a great gesture to a fellow professional. It is hard to envisage Suarez, Godin, Pepe, Ricardo Quaresma and Edinson Cavani making it to Qatar in 2022 - although Ronaldo's attempt to be a footballing Peter Pan ensures his presence can not be ruled out at age 37.

Cavani struck in the seventh minute of Saturday's last-16 tie in Sochi to put Uruguay in control, but Portugal hit back after the interval when Pepe headed home Raphael Guerreiro's cross.

Portugal would have to wait for the second half to equalise - with a goal in the 55th minute from Pepe. William Carvalho, Jao Mario and Adrien Silva are expected to feature in midfield.

Cavani sent the ball across the field to Suarez, who aggressively dribbled to the top corner of the penalty area.

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Uruguay are hopeful Jose Maria Gimenez will return from injury to resume his centre-back partnership with Atletico Madrid team-mate Diego Godin.




Portugal's loss means there will be no quarter-final showdown between Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, whose Argentina were knocked out by France earlier on Saturday.

At 33, Ronaldo is still the most important player in Fernando Santos's team, but it really is a case that if you stop Ronaldo, you beat Portugal.

"Oscar Tabarez is the longest-serving global manager".

But Cavani secured Uruguay's place in the last eight - and a trip to Nizhny Novgorod to face France on Friday - when he steered a brilliant shot beyond goalkeeper Rui Patricio.

Oscar Tabarez: We need to improve very quickly [from the performance against Russia], because any match in the round of 16 will be extremely hard.

It was a five-pass buildup from deep in their own end that culminated in Uruguay's first goal, and the final two passes were flawless.

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