Ronaldo follows Messi out of Russian Federation as Portugal hit Uruguay roadblock

Hope Soto
July 2, 2018

Even though the Uruguayans conceded for the first time in the 2018 World Cup, they march to the quarterfinal against France.

Uruguay's victory earned them a quarter-final against France on Friday and sent world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo home after a subdued performance.

Cavani limped off the field in the 74th, helped by Ronaldo.

Rodrigo Bentancur collected the ball around 30 yards out and slipped the ideal pass out to Cavani on the left side of the penalty area, allowing Paris Saint-Germain's record scorer to curl a gorgeous first-time strike across Wolves' new signing Patricio.

Cristiano Ronaldo displayed his dejection as he travelled back to Portugal with his compatriots following their last-16 World Cup exit to Uruguay.

Central defenders Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez play their club football together at Atletico Madrid and that showed as they repelled nearly everything Portugal could throw at them with superb anticipation and understanding.

The Round of 16 in the 2018 World Cup kicks off today and the second fixture sees Uruguay go up against Portugal.

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Edinson Cavani's early opener from a superb Luis Suarez cross put La Celeste in the driving seat, enabling them to sit back and soak up the Portuguese pressure. The South Americans work the ball to Cavani who has time to consider his options on the edge of the box. he wraps his body around the ball, curling an unstoppable shot into the top corner.

"Now is not the time to talk about the future of players and coaches", Ronaldo said.

Uruguay's previous five goals at Russian Federation 2018 all came from set-pieces but they opened the scoring in the seventh minute with a goal of the highest quality.

After huffing and puffing his way through the opening two group matches, Uruguay's talisman Edinson Cavani has finally arrived at the party, and in some style.

Uruguay's hero of the evening, Cavani had to be substituted due to what looked like to be a muscle pull.

Prior to Saturday's showdown, Ronaldo had failed to score or assist a goal in the knockout stages of a World Cup.

Cavani switched play with a long cross to Luis Suarez and continued his run to head home a pinpoint deep cross from the Barcelona forward and give Uruguay a seventh-minute lead.

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