Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani has left calf injury

Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani has left calf injury

Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo put his arm around Cavani and helped him walk off the field.

Cavani has scored three goals at this World Cup, also netting in Uruguay's 3-0 win over hosts Russian Federation.

The early kick-off saw a World Cup classic ensue as France defeated Argentina 4-3.

However Ronaldo, who will be 37 by the time of the next World Cup, would not be drawn on whether he planned to extend his global career.

The 33-year-old did however say that European champions Portugal could look forward to the future with confidence.

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"We don't have a lot of time to recover", said Tabarez. This is their third World Cup together.

His tally is one behind the tournament's current leading scorer Harry Kane, with Ronaldo also missing a penalty in the 1-1 draw with Iran. It was quite clear that Uruguay boss, Oscar Tabarez had planned his strategies quite well.

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"He is their leader, their captain". It was hard because the opposition had more ball possession and were very often in our half of the pitch.

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Before their 3-0 win over Russian Federation the talk in the Uruguayan press was that the side may have beaten Egypt 1-0 and Saudi Arabia 1-0, but they were hardly very impressive.

Portugal will take part in the inaugural Uefa Nations League later this year, beginning against Italy in September.

"I've always had at least one or two Uruguayans at my clubs", said Griezmann, who hung out with Diego Ifran at the San Sebastian club and then Christian Rodriguez on his arrival at Atletico Madrid, where he has also formed close friendships with Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin.

Ronaldo had a great start at the tournament in Russian Federation, scoring four goals in two matches, but he was held scoreless in the next two games as Portugal lost first place in its group and eventually was eliminated by Uruguay.

What should be taken away therefore is that it's clear both players are more than capable of delivering on the global stage but are unable to do absolutely everything for their teams.

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