Cristiano Ronaldo not expected to end Portugal career

Dean Simpson
July 3, 2018

"Right now we are only anxious, but we don't know how grave this injury is", Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez said. But the Real Madrid superstar has been at the heart of much of what went right for Portugal at this World Cup. "I'm sure that the national team will remain as one of the best in the world".

In his fourth World Cup, Ronaldo couldn't hide his frustration late in the match in Sochi, furiously complaining with the referee after a non-call for a foul that could have given Portugal a last chance to equalize.

Two of the game's biggest players on one of the game's biggest stages walked together slowly with their arms around each other during a brief pause in the action.

The concern going forward will be whether or not Suarez can do it without his strike partner if the injury that saw Cavani limp off with the aid of Ronaldo proves serious. We wanted to win, we fought well, but Uruguay should be congratulated.

Uruguay are on a ideal winning streak having won all three of their group stage games against Russia, Egypt and Saudi Arabia and are a side gaining momentum as they continue to progress through the tournament.

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

Ronaldo's great start in Russian Federation allowed him to surpass the combined total of three goals he had scored in his previous three World Cups and take his worldwide tally 85 from 154 matches.

Cavani switched play with a long cross to Luis Suarez and continued his run to head home a pinpoint deep cross from the Barcelona forward and give Uruguay a seventh-minute lead.

The European champions equalised when Pepe headed home following a short corner, but Uruguay swept up the field and carved them open once more, with Cavani firing home his second and Portugal unable to respond.

Uruguay, a two-time champion that reached the semifinals at the 2010 World Cup, will next face France on Friday in Nizhny Novgorod.

Uruguay had not conceded in any of their six matches in 2018 but almost 10 hours of resistance came to an end courtesy of a simple set-piece move in the 55th minute. I am happy, happy, happy. Uruguay is the only team that didn't concede a goal in the first round - in a group containing Russia, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

In the 5th minute, Ronaldo nearly gave Portugal their first goal, when he played a attractive straight shot, just a few yards away from the penalty box, only to be saved by Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera.

There is always competition to earn a place in the team, but things are easier "when they have given you the rules and everything is done based on our sacred word. which is respect".

Cavani - hugging the touchline on the right wing - hit a brilliant crossfield pass to Suarez wide left.

"It was a mistake from us that cost us the equaliser but luckily we found some space and the team stayed strong mentally", said Tabarez.

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