Cavani runs wild as Uruguay KO's Ronaldo, Portugal

03 July, 2018, 01:26 | Author: Alyssa Little
  • Oscar Tabarez rates Ronaldo as one of the best players in the world

"He is an exceptional player", said Uruguay's veteran coach Oscar Tabarez.

He scored a minute after Ronaldo tested Fernando Muslera with a 20-yard long-ranger in the sixth minute.

"But rest assured that this national team will continue to be one of the best in the world".

Minutes Lionel Messi (eight games and 23 shots) and Cristiano Ronaldo (six games and 25 shots) have played in the World Cup knockout rounds without scoring. "There is a tournament in September, the Uefa League of Nations, and we hope that he is with us so that he can help the young players who will need their captain's example". We wanted to win, we fought well, but Uruguay should be congratulated.

Santos' side dominated the match for large portions but were defeated by two excellent goals from Uruguay talisman Edinson Cavani either side of Pepe's equaliser.

It took Portugal almost 60 minutes to answer, with a technically executed header by Pepe on 55 minutes following a high ball cross from the corner.

Ronaldo nearly had a chance at goal on 20 minutes but a timely clearance by Gimenez six yards was enough to keep Ronaldo at bay.

Ronaldo's great start in Russian Federation allowed him to surpass the combined total of three goals he had scored in his previous three World Cups and take his global tally 85 from 154 matches.

Suarez then cut inside and sent a pinpoint diagonal cross to the far post where Cavani slipped in unnoticed by seven Portugal players to score with a bullet header.

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It is an accusation often levelled at Portugal that they are a toothless team if Cristiano Ronaldo has an off-day, but their victory in the Euro 2016 final with their talisman missing most of the game through injury is used as the ideal riposte to that suggestion.

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.

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

Then the experienced defender had a head in gifting Uruguay the victor on 62 minutes.

'And I also want to congratulate the organisation of this World Cup, it has been fantastic in every way; the organisation, the security, the atmosphere is flawless and it must be said.

"In football, there are no moral victories and I would have preferred to play worse and win the match", Portugal coach Fernando Santos said.

Cavani - hugging the touchline on the right wing - hit a brilliant crossfield pass to Suarez wide left.

Uruguay's Edinson Cavani (L) heads to score his team's opening goal against Portugal during their 2018 World Cup round of 16 match in Sochi on Saturday.

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