Uruguay tips Ronaldo and Portugal out of Cup

01 July, 2018, 05:13 | Author: Christina Harvey
  • Uruguay's Diego Godin holds the key to locking out Cristiano Ronaldo

Still, at least Ronaldo managed to, briefly, claim the talking point of this year's competition after his tremendous hat-trick against Spain.

EDISON Cavani upstaged Cristiano Ronaldo, first with his head and then with his right foot, and sent Uruguay to the World Cup quarterfinals.

With four goals from his first three games, the Real Madrid star has been living up to his pre-tournament hype.

Today, Gimenez is set to rejoin Godin in central defence after missing the 3-0 victory over Russian Federation due to injury.

He also grabbed the only goal in the 1-0 victory over Morocco. That, and the VAR-awarded late spot-kick for the Iranians, condemned the defending European champions to this tie rather than a meeting with the hosts in Moscow.

This is a side with excellent, Italian-based midfielders in Rodrigo Bentancur, Lucas Torreira and Matias Vecino.

Suarez might lack the same sharpness of old, but he has still scored twice in Russian Federation. That was Suárez's 12th assist for Cavani in his 44 goals for Uruguay.




Portugal coach Fernando Santos told a news conference he hopes Ronaldo will be available for the start of the Nations League in September.

Messi left wondering on the world stage again. It has been like that for the whole of 2018. Despite topping its group undefeated, coach Oscar Tabarez's team did little to raise expectations in the tournament's open stages. "All great players are always very important to their teams".

Portugal have not lost a competitive match with Ronaldo in the side since the 2014 World Cup, although they were beaten on penalties by Chile at last year's Confederations Cup.

'I'm absolutely sure this team will continue to be one of the the best in the world. Goalie Fernando Muslera loses the ball and leaves the net but Portugal's shot misses high.

Portugal continued to press for parity throughout the first half, but Tabarez's men defended with commendable application and adroit coordination with both Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez producing standout performances at the back.

Having been overshadowed by the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Neymar at Paris Saint-Germain, and long played second fiddle to Luis Suarez for Uruguay, Cavani's brace went a long way toward dispelling notion that he's not a "big-game player" - for one day, at least.

In the final moments of the half, with Suarez down following a challenge from Raphael Guerreiro, Portugal won a corner that came to nothing before a half-chance was steered wide by Cavani at the far post.

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