Cavani scores twice as Uruguay tops Portugal

Cavani Ronaldo and Suarez

Cavani Ronaldo and Suarez

Ronaldo was powerless to stop European champions Portugal exiting Russian Federation 2018 on Saturday as Edinson Cavani's brace sent Uruguay into the quarter-finals. "That is the way that we see football", he said. "The team played well".

The 33-year-old began the tournament in thrilling fashion, contributing an extraordinary three goals in Portugal's 3-3 draw against Spain on June 15, and five days later scored the only goal in Portugal's 1-0 win over Morocco.

The European champions did not have enough to threaten Uruguay who emerged 2-1 winners in their round of 16 clash Saturday thanks to a brace from Edinson Cavani. You look at the midfield, they have players in European leagues - one for Juventus, one for Inter, one for PSG and one for Barca.

Uruguay's team is built on being tough to break down and I fancy the likes of Godin and his defensive partners to starve the Portuguese of attacking opportunities.

"We must congratulate Uruguay because they are the national team that are in the quarter-finals", he said in his post-match interview.

Portugal lost to France and eventually finished fourth after losing to Germany in the playoff for third.

Portugal will be disappointed with their performance against Uruguay after boasting nearly 70 per cent of possession and firing off 20 shots.

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 worldwide career. He also was almost given a red card when his elbowing of an opponent was reviewed on video.

During Portugal's four matches he showed flashes of his brilliance but was often restricted to foraging on the flanks or denied a clear shot at goal when he cut inside.

"He is the best player in the world in my opinion and it's natural that the team depends on him, but you can ask the same question to
Uruguay's coach too, if his team depends on Suarez or [Edinson] Cavani". He only spoke briefly with the media in Russian Federation.

Whereas Ronaldo is yet to comment on his global future, Fernando Santos, his national team manager, has.

Uruguay has gone deep into the World Cup before, even with some of the same players, yet after four straight wins, it's clear there is something more to the group that Oscar Tabarez has brought to Russian Federation. If Ronaldo plays alone, we will lose.

Whether he will remain a part of it remains unknown.

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