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Uruguay to meet France in quarter-finals

03 July, 2018, 01:20 | Author: Hannah Francis
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"Now is not the time to talk about the future of players and coaches", Ronaldo said.

"When it comes to the rivalry with Ronaldo at club level that's a different thing all together", said Suarez, whose Barcelona team is the archrival of Ronaldo's Real Madrid squad.

Ronaldo played a pivotal role in France during Portugal's triumphant campaign two years ago, and during the tournament in Russian Federation he became Europe's top global goal-scorer and only second in the world to Iran's Ali Daei.

Meanwhile, European champions Portugal go home, as Ronaldo and Lionel Messi bow out of the competition on the same day. If Ronaldo plays alone, we will lose.

The lingering question all week for Uruguay will be the health of Cavani after he scored two goals but limped off in the 70th minute with a leg injury.

"It's very hard to rely on a single player". That run ended in the round of 16 at the World Cup, with Ronaldo again failing to score for his country in the knockout round of the tournament. It's going to be a confrontation between two teams of high quality. Head coach brought in experienced midfielder Carlos Sanchez as they looked to defend the slender lead. We're talking about great teams and players.

"There was a cross to the left, then a cross to the right - there is no scheme against that. I hope (to be fit), I'll do everything to make sure I can take to the field with my teammates", Cavani told journalists after the game.

Portugal finished as runners-up to Spain in Group B, while Uruguay kept three successive clean sheets as they topped Group A ahead of hosts Russian Federation.

'Up to this game people were saying that we might have won the group but the group was not easy, ' said Tabarez. We know and recognise all the players.

The fewest attempted passes- 25 (the more passes you attempt, the likelier it is that you can provide a game-changing moment). They behave as a unit.

But his fitness will now be a major worry for Uruguay, who showed in this game that they have the credentials to go all the way in Russian Federation - if El Matador is healthy. "All great players are always very important to their teams". We got to know our opponents.

Portugal coach Fernando Santos summed up the South Americans on the eve of the match when he was asked to name their strong point. You'll see the teams doing their best to win.

Portugal started their Russian Federation campaign strongly with a 3-3 tie over Spain and a 1-0 win over Morocco, but their recent fixture against Iran - which ended 1-1 - was bathed in controversy during the dying seconds as the opposing team was awarded a penalty through VAR.



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