Russian Federation hope for World Cup miracle after Messi, Ronaldo exit

01 July, 2018, 08:08 | Author: Elena Meyer
  • Jorge Sampaoli explains touchline exchange with Lionel Messi over Aguero sub

Ronaldo is 33, and while he says he feels like a 23-year-old, but even his obsessive desire to succeed and meticulous approach to staying in shape will not dispel doubts as to whether he appears at Qatar in four years' time. "Hopefully they can achieve something".

Ronaldo reached the semi-finals with Portugal in his first World Cup in Germany, but has never made it past the last 16 since then. The retired Argentine great had, after all, led his country to victory at the 1979 World Youth Championship.

Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani scored a stunning brace to lead the South Americans to a 2-1 win over European champions Portugal in the World Cup round of 16 on Saturday and set up a quarter-final against France.

The 57-year-old drew the attention of TV cameras by dancing, celebrating and gesturing to the crowd as Argentina confirmed their place in the World Cup knockout phase.

Three minutes into the second half and they were ahead, Messi curling a shot hopefully towards Hugo Lloris in the France goal and right back Mercado reacting instinctively to deflect the ball into the net.

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Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo has refused to discuss his retirement plans after the World Cup exit.

Since the 2007 tournament, Argentina has twice failed to qualify for the U-20 World Cup and its best performance has been a quarterfinal loss on penalties to Portugal in 2011.

Cavani played a 55-yard diagonal ball to Suarez, near the top of the penalty area, and - here's the important part - continued his run afterwards. From now on I will be a fan of the team.

Ronaldo finishes his fourth World Cup campaign with four goals, while Messi notched just the one in what was also his fourth, scoring the opener in Argentina's huge group stage win over Nigeria in Saint Petersburg.

Argentina's forward Lionel Messi and Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo see their World Cup dreams snuffed out on Saturday. There are high hopes for him as a possible future replacement for Messi.

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