Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani has left calf injury

Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani has left calf injury

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.

Pepe headed Portugal level in the 55th minute, the first goal Uruguay have conceded in the tournament.

Cristiano Ronaldo declined to comment on his global future after bowing out of the World Cup following Portugal's 2-1 defeat by Uruguay.

Ultimately, Uruguay were able to tempt Portugal into taking shots from distance and then smother them, blocking eight of the 20 Portuguese efforts on goal.

Portugal coach Fernando Santos threw up his hands in disgust, realising that coming from behind a second time against this Uruguay defence was going to be a tall order.

The Portuguese did not score in the knockout stage of the world Championships no goals in 514 minutes.

It is still unclear if Cavani will start the France game on the bench or not. "We tried our best and we played a good game", Santos said.

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While Mbappe was the most influential player on the pitch, Argentina's Angel Di Maria and France full back Benjamin Pavard fought out a private contest for the best goal of the contest with two magnificent long-range strikes.

In the match against Morocco Ronaldo scored the opener for Portugal in the fourth minute by outmuscling his marker and firing in a bullet header after a Joao Moutinho corner at Luzhniki Stadium.

Ronaldo netted a hat-trick in their opening game of the group against Spain to become the first oldest player to score a hat-trick in the world cup history.

"We are here to play all seven matches, right up until the final, and we will see what happens", he said. "We know that France will be very tough indeed".

Although the "new generation" lost, the emotional Santos insisted that they "played a good game". "I'm sure the national team will remain as one of the best in the world". "There is a tournament (the UEFA Nations League) in September and we hope Cristiano will be with us to help the players grow".

"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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