Published: Sun, July 01, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Cavani fires Uruguay into last eight as Ronaldo dream ends

Cavani fires Uruguay into last eight as Ronaldo dream ends

Superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez will go toe-to-toe when Uruguay and Portugal lock horns in the Round of 16 of the FIFA World Cup at the Fisht Stadium on Saturday.

It means Ronaldo followed Lionel Messi out of the World Cup on the same day.

The concern going forward will be whether or not Suarez can do it without his strike partner if the injury that saw Cavani limp off with the aid of Ronaldo proves serious.

But Uruguay held on to reach the last eight, even if match-winner Cavani gave them a scare ahead of the France game by limping off in the final quarter.

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

"Their central defenders play for Atletico Madrid, who won the Europa League".

They went 2-1 down when Cavani netted another sensational goal for Uruguay, as they sailed through to the next round.

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Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez both looked impressive last time out and the duo will still have an eye on the Golden Boot race, which is now being led by England's Harry Kane, who has five goals.

Three points from Uruguay's 2-1 win over Portugal in the round of 16 at the World Cup.

But the rugged and courageous Godin, who needed reconstructive dental surgery after having three teeth punched out in an aerial challenge with Valencia's goalkeeper earlier this year, has succeeded in muzzling Ronaldo on plenty other occasions at club level going back nearly a decade.

After almost five and a half hours of football, it was the first goal Uruguay had let in at this World Cup - indeed it was the first they had conceded in 2018. The two-time champions secured progression as the only side - and first in 20 years - not to concede a single goal during the group stages of the competition. It was that simple for Uruguay.

That approach has remained the same in Russian Federation, but of the 32 teams at the competition, only Saudi Arabia and Spain boast a cleaner disciplinary record than Uruguay, who have committed just 42 fouls in three games.

Uruguay defender Sebastian Coates, talking about Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, said: "We will mark him with the same respect we mark everyone, despite him being a superstar". The Uruguayans had gone 598 minutes since November 2017 without allowing a goal.

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