Portugal still have room for Ronaldo, Football News & Top Stories

Portugal still have room for Ronaldo, Football News & Top Stories

Edinson Cavani, who failed to finish the match after suffering a late injury, scored a superb goal in each half, and although Pepe scored in-between, it was not enough to halt the Uruguayans, who have now won all four of their matches so far in Russian Federation.

"The whole team sacrificed so we could get the win", Suarez said.

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

Messi's return in Russian Federation was more meager - at times he looked disillusioned on the field as Argentine struggled to find anything like their usual style and he drifted deep into midfield in the forlorn hope of influencing games.

"We don't know for sure how grave this injury really is". The result meant Portugal finished second in the group and had to face a less winnable game against Uruguay as compared to Russian Federation.

He failed to breach Iran's gritty defence in a 1-1 draw where Portugal suffered some nervous stoppage-time minutes during which the Asian powerhouse could have eliminated them at the group stage. The Barcelona forward held the ball for a moment as Cavani powered into the area before whipping in a cross for his strike partner to head home.

Suarez held up play for a few seconds to give Cavani time to arrive at the goal, then cut back and laced a flawless cross that ricocheted off Cavani's face and into the back of the net.

"The distinctive feature of the game was the dedication the players showed on the pitch, and that is the way that we see football", Tabarez said. "He has a great potential obviously and in planning the match, especially focusing on the opponent and considering the level that every player has ... what Ronaldo has on top of the qualities is that he's the leader of that team". He opened the scoring after just seven minutes in Sochi heading home from a Luis Suarez freekick and, after Pepe headed Portugal level shortly after the restart, Cavani curled in a 62nd-minute victor.

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Atletico Madrid pair Godin and Gimenez will hope for a similar outcome when they come up against club colleague Antoine Griezmann in Friday's quarter-final against France.

Uruguay took seven minutes to regain the lead as Cavani completed his brace.

Responding to the initial question, Santos said: "I have to repeat, I always understand the question".

Uruguay players used to have the reputation for being dirty. "I never said Cristiano wants to play alone", Portugal coach Fernando Santos said. "The team didn't win because Uruguay scored twice".

And although Uruguay finally conceded a goal, it was the first this year in the team's seventh match.

His first goal on Saturday involved an incredible, cross-field combination with Luis Suarez.

The Real Madrid forward could not add to his four goals in the first two matches, failing to improve his record of failing to score in all six World Cup knockout matches he has played.

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