Portugal Are Out The World Cup After 2-1 Loss To Uruguay

Portugal Are Out The World Cup After 2-1 Loss To Uruguay

Defeat for the European champions finished Cristiano Ronaldo's hopes of success in Russian Federation just hours after Lionel Messi and Argentina were knocked out, beaten 4-3 by Les Bleus.

Edinson Cavani struck a brace of brilliant goals in the last-16 tie, either side of a Pepe header, but despite having the lion's share of possession, Portugal could not break down Uruguay's well-drilled defense a second time.

But there was no late video review to benefit Portugal as Ronaldo's fourth World Cup came to an uneventful end. "There aren't words to describe this".

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 85 goals in 153 appearances, although when he plays for his country there is sometimes a feeling that he is both the problem and the solution and many perceive his goal celebrations as arrogant.

"These are different circumstance of course, the hosts have huge support and they've had a very good tournament, while Uruguay has high quality and top-notch players and they're all excellent - but Portugal too".

Starting line-ups Uruguay: Fernando Muslera, Jose Maria Gimenez, Diego Godin, Rodrigo Bentancur, Nahitan Nandez, Luis Suarez, Lucas Torreira, Matias Vecino, Diego Laxalt, Edinson Cavani, Martin Caceres.

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The player told reporters after the final whistle he hurt his calf and Tabarez conceded he is unsure whether Cavani will be fit to face France in Friday's quarter-final. He combined with Luis Suarez to compete a series of precision passes to give Uruguay the early advantage with a header in the seventh minute.

The loss meant that Messi has never been able to score in the knockout phase of a World Cup.

Parity was short-lived, though, as Uruguay reclaimed the lead just seven minutes later. It was that simple for Uruguay.

In between all of the gorgeous goals, ugly own goals, and remarkable upsets, Ronaldo helping Cavani get off the field will likely go down as one of the tournament's most memorable moments.

Despite the exchanges often becoming heated, Uruguay striker Suarez claims that any ill feeling towards Portuguese star Ronaldo is limited to club matches and not the global stage.

Uruguay are yet to concede a goal in Russian Federation.

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