Portugal 1-2 Uruguay |Cavani brace sends Ronaldo and Portugal packing

Tonya Becker
July 1, 2018

Uruguay played a ideal group stage against relatively weak opponents to make it to the Round of 16, but the South American side proved it has what it takes to make a deep run at the World Cup by sending the reigning European champions home on Saturday. In the 22nd minute, Suarez almost added his name to the scoresheet when he was brought down by Jose Fonte from around 25-yards.

Two goals from Edinson Cavani put the South American side into the last eight after Pepe had earlier pulled things level for the Portuguese.

La Celeste managed to contain Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal for the remainder of the first-half but Pepe found space at a corner just 10 minutes into the second period to restore parity.

"But I do feel that the second half was very good from us in terms of desire and our determination to score".

Earlier today, France outlasted Argentina, ending yet another attempt at World Cup glory by Lionel Messi.

Portugal, who won Euro 2016 in France, dominated possession but their attack did not have enough bite to break through the Uruguay defence twice, leaving captain Cristiano Ronaldo a frustrated figure during the entire match.

Pepe had equalised for Portugal to give the Iberian side hope but a Cavani masterclass saw Oscar Tabarez's side seal their progress to the next round.

The quarter-final match between Uruguay and Portugal will take place in Sochi on Sunday (4am AEST).

Portugal have been dragged to unprecedented heights by Ronaldo over the years, but he now needs help to keep them among the world's elite. With the "Fubo Premier" bundle, you will get access to all four of the World Cup soccer TV channels in most markets. Furthermore, both players leave Russian Federation still in search of their first goals in the tournament's knockout stages.

Forty million Argentinians will demand to know why Messi & Co. are returning home early after failing to win it for a third time, whereas nobody really envisaged Portugal as World Cup winners in Russian Federation.

Since 1966, only Grzegorz Lato & Andrzej Szarmach (five for Poland) and Michael Ballack and Miroslav Klose (five for Germany) have combined for more World Cup goals than Uruguay's Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez (4). "It was hard. Portugal had more possession and were often in our half of the pitch, and it would have been better for us to have more of the ball and play the game closer to their goal".

Remarkably, the pair pack their bags still never having scored in a World Cup knockout game.

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