Portugal ousted by a superior version

03 July, 2018, 01:25 | Author: Elena Meyer
  • Mixed bag Ronaldo scored four goals in the first two matches including a hat-trick against Spain but then missed a crucial penalty against Iran that condemned his side to second place

Uruguay got off to a flying start, with Edinson Cavani scoring after just seven minutes, putting pressure on Ronaldo's side nearly immediately. This is the third time that this record has changed hands in Russian Federation, with Ronaldo and Ricardo Quaresma having both broken it during the group stage.

With four goals scored after just two World Cup matches, Ronaldo was one of only a few soccer players seen as capable of winning the 2018 Golden Boot - the prize given to the top goalscorer.

Portugal opened their World Cup campaign in Sochi with a thrilling 3-3 draw against Spain, and midfielder Adrien Silva said his team have what it takes to score against a Uruguay rear-guard that has not been breached this year. Right from the beginning of the match, both teams played attacking football and tried hard to gain an early advantage.

Cavani's double accounted for Portugal as Uruguay won their last-16 clash in Sochi 2-1 on Saturday night.

Pepe's goal was the first time the South Americans' defence had been breached in this tournament, but they stood firm after that and are beginning to look like genuine contenders moving into the latter stages in Russian Federation.

'We did not hold back at all.

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Uruguay are due to play France in the last eight on Friday in Nizhny, and coach Oscar Tabarez said he was "worried" for Cavani. Uruguay and Portugal have never faced each other at a World Cup before.

"Cristiano still has a lot to give to football, and I hope he will stay to help the young players grow and develop", Santos said after the game. With that, dreams of a quarter-final between the two greatest players were shattered.

Cavani hobbled off with 16 minutes left with a suspected hamstring injury but is hopeful he will be fit in time to face France on Friday in Nizhny Novgorod. "I learned that in Italy when I was working there", said Tabarez, who coached at Cagliari and briefly AC Milan in the 1990s.

"No team can win with one player alone", Portugal coach Fernando Santos said.

Then the experienced defender had a head in gifting Uruguay the victor on 62 minutes. At the other end of the field, is a rock-solid defense anchored by Atletico Madrid center back pairing, Diego Godin and Jose' Gimenez that's given up just one goal in four matches at the 2018 World Cup.

Uruguay advanced to the quarterfinals after eliminating a Portugal team led by Cristiano Ronaldo.

This was a big win for Uruguay, but it was also an important victory for South America considering the European dominance of this World Cup so far.

"Today we committed a mistake that led to the equaliser but we have a very strong team in terms of mindset", Tabarez added, citing the value of his team's "intensity, focus and tactical intuition".

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