Edinson Cavani: Cristiano Ronaldo carries injured star off pitch

01 July, 2018, 18:40 | Author: Jared Lewis
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Uruguay comfortably finished top of their group with three wins while Portugal just about managed to squeeze through to the Round of 16 after Iran failed to beat them in a tense encounter.

Kylian Mbbape scored a brace while Antoine Griezmann and Benjamin Pavard scored the two other goals.

There was no goal from Ronaldo this time. Diego Simeone has enjoyed great success at club level, so why can't Uruguay, with not just one but two outstanding strikers? Cavani switches the play with a lovely diagonal pass, which Suarez takes down.

Cavani switched play from right to left with a sweeping pass out to Suarez, who teased his man before delivering a wonderful cross his strike partner crashed home at the back post.

Portugal equalised 10 minutes after half-time through Pepe's header but Cavani restored Uruguay's lead with a sumptuous finish past Fernando Muslera.

Then off I'll go to Moscow to cover one semi-final match and the ultimate final, both from the Luzhniki stadium. "There aren't words to describe this".

Guedes made way for Andre Silva and goal hero Cavani, limping after a knock, was replaced by Cristhian Stuani befoe Guerreiro sent another effort over as the game entered its final quarter of an hour. He was helped to the sideline with his arm around Ronaldo's back.

To lead Portugal into the last eight of the World Cup.

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Portugal had chances in the second half, including a frantic final few minutes of stoppage time with claims of a possible handball in the penalty area from a late corner kick.

Cristiano congratulated Uruguay, FIFA and Russian Federation for the hosting of the World Cup, while refusing to make a fuss about his future with the national team.

Uruguay's win means Portugal were eliminated once again in the knockout round.

On paper, Uruguay have the stronger team. "However, we also have to praise Portugal for the match".

It was really unnecessary and Ronaldo deservedly got criticised for it.

Central defenders Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez play their club football together at Atletico Madrid and that showed as they repelled nearly everything Portugal could throw at them with superb anticipation and understanding.

Suarez is a pest, and defends from the front with the same ferocity as Godin and Gimenez 70 yards further back.

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