Cristiano Ronaldo should play on for Portugal, coach urges after exit

by Steven Clarke July 2, 2018, 0:10
Cristiano Ronaldo should play on for Portugal, coach urges after exit

Edinson Cavani produced the most impressive worldwide performance of his career with two stunning goals to send Uruguay into the World Cup quarterfinals -but a second-half calf injury against Portugal has now left the Paris Saint-Germain striker facing a battle to be fit for Friday's last-eight matchup against France.

But just hours after Messi and Argentina had lost 4-3 to France, Cristiano was also on his way to the airport after his Portugal side lost 2-1 to Uruguay.

After Cavani limped out of the match in the 73rd minute-having been helped from the field by Cristiano Ronaldo-all eyes will be on his fitness for the quarter-final against France.

After Uruguay's opening World Cup win over Egypt, Luis Suarez was slammed for a sluggish performance, looking off the pace and as if he was "towing a caravan" around the pitch in Yekaterinburg.

And after Portugal equalized on Pepe's header in the 55th minute, it was Cavani again finishing a flawless Uruguay counter in the 62nd with a shot from just inside the penalty area that caught Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio slightly out of position and curled inside the far post.

Working alongside Suarez's guile and intensity, Cavani was able to take the game by the scruff of the neck and sprinkle his magic on proceedings.

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.

Uruguay have the luxury of arguably the best attacking tandem at the World Cup, and with Cavani in this form and Suarez always capable of turning a match on its head, they could be very tough to stop in the latter stages of the tournament.

The Paris Saint-Germain striker had put Uruguay ahead early on by bundling Luis Suarez's cross home with his face after just seven minutes.

"I have to repeat it time and time again", Santos said. Furthermore, both players leave Russian Federation still in search of their first goals in the tournament's knockout stages.

Cavani found the net with a perfectly-timed side-footed shot from the left edge of the area after a breakaway in the 62nd minute.

Ronaldo barely had a sniff of a chance in front of goal and admitted after the game Uruguay were deserved winners.

In a defensive showdown, it was Uruguay that came out on top defeating Portugal, 2-1 in the Round of 16.

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