Portugal Are Out The World Cup After 2-1 Loss To Uruguay

Portugal Are Out The World Cup After 2-1 Loss To Uruguay

Ronaldo has followed Lionel Messi out of the World Cup after Uruguay beat Portugal 2-1 in the last 16.

Centre-back Pepe headed Portugal level in the second half before Edinson Cavani restored Uruguay's lead with his second of the game.

"A match-up between Spanish sides Barcelona and Real Madrid, also known El Clasico, is one of the biggest rivalries in sport", Suarez said. "And everybody will try and give their utmost tomorrow as to prevail".

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 flawless riposte to that suggestion.

Unfortunately, the structure of the World Cup 2018 brackets and the venues allocated mean that, in the event Portugal advances to the Last 4, they would be playing against either Brazil, Mexico, Belgium or Japan in Saint Petersburg. Pepe came in behind and Uruguay finally surrendered its first goal of the tournament in the 55th minute.

"Now is not the time to talk about the future of players and coaches", Ronaldo said.

"This team will continue to be one of the best in the world, with quality players, a young group, united". We have played a lot of matches [and] he hasn't had a lot of rest. That is an additional factor. "There is not a single player that contain him". Not just (Diego) Godin.

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"But we will take a look at him".

Earlier, Portugal coach Fernando Santos said he hoped Ronaldo would remain part of the global set-up.

"Happy for what happened today, I hope we can go further", Cavani said.

Cavani had been instrumental in his side's performance to that point, having opened the scoring in the seventh minute after making an excellently timed run to get on the end of a cross into the area by fellow forward Luis Suarez.

They had 61 percent possession, played more than double the number of passes as Uruguay and had 20 attempts compared to six from their opponents.

But Santos reiterated that not even Ronaldo can solve things by himself. "The team didn't win because Uruguay scored twice". Gimenez returned to training this week for Uruguay, but Tabarez wouldn't respond to questions about his selection in the team.

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