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Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo (L) and Uruguay's Luis Suarez challenge for the ball during the round of 16 match between Uruguay and Portugal at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia on Jun 30, 2018.

The result sends the European team out of the World Cup, however many were taken aback by how little impact Ronaldo was able to have on the match. We have played a lot of matches [and] he hasn't had a lot of rest. It was Cavani who launched the attack, switching play to the other flank where his ball found a charging Suarez.

Cavani played a 55-yard diagonal ball to Suarez, near the top of the penalty area, and - here's the important part - continued his run afterwards.

In the second half, Portugal was able to answer with a corner kick header from Pepe to tie things up and give Uruguay their first goal against since November 2017.

Portugal were only on level terms for seven minutes as Cavani, with one touch, curled an unstoppable shot past goalkeeper Rui Patricio.

Uruguayan mishaps were rare at the back although keeper Muslera nearly gifted Portugal another leveller when he rushed off his line only to spill the loose ball into the path of Bernardo Silva, who could only drive an effort over the bar with the stopper stranded. Mulsera makes a howler, dropping the ball.it falls to Bernardo Silva who panics and blazes his shot over the bar with the goal gaping.

It's unfair to write Portugal off as a one-man team, it is still the champion of Europe after all. Godin, 32, is one of the most senior players in the Uruguay squad, making his debut in 2005 and playing at three World Cups as well as winning the Copa America in 2011.

Two-time winners Uruguay cruised through Group A, winning all three games, scoring five times and not conceding any, with a 3-0 win over Russian Federation securing top spot. "Even if he scores three goals in match, you still need to have a team to support him".

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Uruguay defender Sebastian Coates, talking about Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, said: "We will mark him with the same respect we mark everyone, despite him being a superstar".

What's the ceiling for Uruguay?

Oscar Tabarez's men will now face France for a place in the semi-finals. Defensively they've been ideal and haven't allowed a single goal while scoring five against Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Russian Federation.

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.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicked off on June 14 and will continue until July 15, with the matches being played in 11 cities across Russian Federation.

One player who could significantly help Uruguay in trying to contain Ronaldo is defender Jose Maria Gimenez, who missed the group stage finale with a thigh injury.

And just like that, he joined Messi in heading out of Russian Federation and out of the World Cup.


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