Tuesday, 25 September 2018
Latest news
Main » Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal Knocked out of World Cup by Edinson Cavani, Uruguay

Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal Knocked out of World Cup by Edinson Cavani, Uruguay

01 July 2018

The "will he, won't he?" debate about whether Cristiano Ronaldo will attempt to play in a fifth World Cup in four years' time can start in earnest following Portugal's elimination from Russian Federation 2018 at the round-of-16 stage by Uruguay. Their strikers were very strong; one was there, the other one came from behind.

Portugal started group play with thrilling comeback to tie 3-3 against Spain, with Ronaldo notching a hat trick and punching in the tying goal in the 88th minute.

Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez admits there is concern in the camp but will wait for medical results before making any further statement.

With 27 meetings against Ronaldo in the bruising Spanish capital derby between Atletico and Real Madrid, winning eight times, drawing nine and losing 10, few players are better placed to come up with a strategy to shackle Ronaldo than Godin.

16 minute: Portugal's Goncalo Guedes attempts a shot from distance but his shot gets blocked by Uruguay defenders.

It was Cavani who instead took the spotlight.

No unrest in Argentina camp! - Sampaoli
Those three will play a crucial role with their quality and experience, but Sampaoli must find a system that works. And those who say he does not perform for his country like he does for his club are wrong.

And after Portugal equalised with Pepe's header in the 55th minute, it was Cavani again finishing a flawless Uruguay counter in the 62nd with a shot from just inside the penalty area that caught Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio slightly out of position and curled inside the far post.

"The truth is, it was really exciting", Cavani said. "There aren't words to describe this". He was helped to the sideline with his arm around Ronaldo's back.

Even though the Uruguayans conceded for the first time in the 2018 World Cup, they march to the quarterfinal against France. When the former Manchester United player had flat game In Portugal's final group stage outing against Iran, Ricardo Quaresma chipped in with a goal to see Porgual over the line, and might have again, had his extra time effort not been fired straight into the waiting hands of Muslera.

This was Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo's 38th game in World Cups/European Championships - no player has played in more across the two competitions (equal with Bastian Schweinsteiger). We want to achieve this at the World Cup.

Earlier that day, Lionel Messi departed after France knocked out Argentina 4-3 in Round of 16 match.

Ronaldo could not add to the four goals he scored in the group stages.

Paul George to televise free agency on ESPN
It means the Celtics would have to include a group of players just to fit Leonard's $20.1 million 2018-19 salary into the team. It is true that the Spurs have no leverage whatsoever, because the sense is that Leonard is not going to play for them again.

How Godin and Gimenez fare against Ronaldo is one of the intriguing subplots surrounding this fixture, though both sides' defensive records have some fearing a boring contest.

The Argentina fans were now in full voice but their joy did not last long before France restored parity after 57 minutes, Pavard pouncing on an over-cooked cross some 20 metres out and lashing it on the half-volley into the net.

It was a five-pass buildup from deep in their own end that culminated in Uruguay's first goal, and the final two passes were flawless. Edinson Cavani passes it across the field to Luis Suarez who crosses right back to Cavani for the header in the top right.

Martin Caceres and Nahitan Nandez combined to create a chance but the move ended when Cavani was unable to control an awkwardly-bouncing ball, and with five minutes remaining until the break Joao Mario made a promising run down the left only to slip.

There were flashes from Ronaldo early but nothing compared to Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, as the famed Uruguay duo showed what can be achieved when you have a little support to lean on.

Hopefully that game has set the tone for the remainder of the knockout games.

U.S. gives Disney-Fox deal antitrust approval
Are you hoping this deal works out for Disney? Disney has moved one step closer to purchasing a big chunk of 21st Century Fox. The settlement must first be approved by a federal judge, and Fox's shareholders also have to vote in favor of the deal.

Stopping Ronaldo. It was that simple for Uruguay.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal Knocked out of World Cup by Edinson Cavani, Uruguay