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'Cavani injured is a national disaster'

03 July 2018

"He is an exceptional player", said Uruguay's veteran coach Oscar Tabarez.

And just like that, he joined Messi in heading out of Russian Federation and out of the World Cup. To lead Portugal into the last eight of the World Cup.

Argentina's hopes of going one step better than a narrow defeat to Germany in the 2014 final were ended by a 4-3 loss to Les Bleus, with Ronaldo quickly following Messi out of the tournament.

"We know that they were tight in the midfield, so we had some players playing wide to try to unblock the Uruguay defence, In the first half we did it less well".

The forward went on to score in just the fourth minute of Portugal's 1-0 win over Morocco, but his form hit somewhat of a temporary road block when he missed a spot-kick in the 1-1 draw with Iran. And we didn't have to wait too long for another goal, as Uruguay's Cavani scored a second goal just seven minutes later. "However, we also have to praise Portugal for the match".

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"I'm absolutely sure this team will continue to be one of the the best in the world". I'm sad, I'm frustrated - I think that's quite normal.

There was no goal from Ronaldo this time.

Ronaldo's great start in Russian Federation allowed him to surpass the combined total of three goals he had scored in his previous three World Cups. He opened the scoring after just seven minutes in Sochi heading home from a Luis Suarez freekick and, after Pepe headed Portugal level shortly after the restart, Cavani curled in a 62nd-minute victor.

"Cavani has to thank Suarez today, but his movement has always been brilliant, finishing not always great but, for the first, he improvises brilliantly", said Keown.

Pepe headed home from the corner to bring the Selecao back into the match but it was Uruguay who had the last laugh.

The Real Madrid star will be 37 by the time of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, but Portugal manager Fernando Santos believes Ronaldo will remain committed to the national team.

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"I'm very happy and it's flattering to be the second teenager (to score twice in the knock-out rounds) after Pele but let's put things in context: Pele is in another category, but it's good to be among these people", he said.

It was a hammer blow for Portugal given that Uruguay had not conceded in their previous six games, and the South Americans' ability to get bodies behind the ball began to frustrate the European champions.

Atletico Madrid pair Godin and Gimenez will hope for a similar outcome when they come up against club colleague Antoine Griezmann in Friday's quarter-final against France.

"It's not the time to talk about the future when it comes to the players and coach", the Portugal captain said.

Cavani and Luis Suarez unlocked the Portuguese defense early with two incredible cross-field passes.

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That miss, however, has probably fired the 33-year-old to come up with a stronger display in this encounter. There is not a single player that can contain him there.

"We have a very strong team in terms of mindset", Tabarez said.

'Cavani injured is a national disaster'