Published: Sun, July 01, 2018
Entertaiment | By Kelly Sanders

Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal knocked out of World Cup by Uruguay

Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal knocked out of World Cup by Uruguay

Ronaldo scored four goals in Portugal's first two group stage matches.

However, Cavani struck a well-placed shot in the 62nd minute to ensure that Portugal moves on to the quarter finals.

Santos, 63, is at his second World Cup, having led Greece to the last 16 four years ago.

Uruguay's main concern as they prepare for a quarter-final against France is the fitness of two-goal striker Cavani who limped off in the second half in Sochi after scoring what turned out to be the victor.

Penalty shoot-outs excluded, Portugal have lost only one of their last 17 games at major tournaments (won eight, draw eight), a 4-0 defeat against Germany at the 2014 World Cup.

A narrow victory against Morocco was their only win in their first three matches and they will have to improve against Uruguay, who are unlikely to allow spaces behind their defence. He scored four goals in Russian Federation, including a memorable hat trick against Spain, and while he struggled to make a difference against Uruguay, he has plenty left in the tank and will want to create more history.

Edinson Cavani gave Uruguay the lead after just six minutes of play, heading home a Luis Suarez cross.

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.

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

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Suarez and Cavani combined brilliantly for the seventh-minute opener on Russia's Black Sea coast.

Ronaldo has still never scored a goal in the knockout stages of the World Cup.

And the Uruguayans hold their opponents in equally high regard, conscious that Ronaldo is supported by younger talents like Bernardo Silva and Goncalo Guedes.

For all of Portugal's endeavour for an equaliser, Uruguay showed standout organisation to silence the Iberians and they nearly doubled their lead, Suarez forcing a smart reaction save from Patricio, who dived late to palm away the forward's free kick from the bottom corner.

Ronaldo had company everywhere he went on the field and Portugal's supporting cast was unable to provide enough help.

20 minute: Free-kick to Uruguay Suarez goes down after a challenge from Raphael Guerreiro.

Uruguay 2 (Edinson Cavani 7', 62') Portugal 1 (Pepe 55').

Uruguay's leader Diego Godin will have too much on his plate in the upcoming match and along with Ronaldo, he will be wary of the threat that Ricardo Quaresma poses with his right foot.

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