Cavani's brace sends Uruguay through as Ronaldo's Portugal bow out of Russian Federation

Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal misses a penalty against Iran

However, he was largely a peripheral figure in the defeat to Uruguay, being upstaged by Uruguay frontman Edison Cavani, who struck a stunning brace as Portugal went down to a 2-1 defeat. "There aren't words to describe this". But he also admitted it'll be a group effort trying to slow down Portugal's star.

Uruguay and Portugal have never faced each other at a World Cup before.

Portugal coach Fernando Santos was hopeful that the Real Madrid man will continue to represent his country for some time yet, with Portugal's next challenge to defend the European Championship title they won in France two years ago.

Speaking of progressing onto the next stage, there comes the second reason why Uruguay vs Portugal could be my last opportunity to watch Cristiano from the media tribune... until the 2018 FIFA World Cup final, should the Euro 2004 runners-up go all the way!

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No team works harder than Uruguay, and they have a tough, disciplined defence marshalled by Diego Godin, a resolute midfield and world-class goal scorers Cavani and Luis Suarez.

On paper, Uruguay have the stronger team.

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.

Suarez is a pest, and defends from the front with the same ferocity as Godin and Gimenez 70 yards further back.

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Uruguay had not conceded in any of their six matches in 2018 but almost 10 hours of resistance came to an end courtesy of a simple set-piece move in the 55th minute.

Parity was short-lived, though, as Uruguay reclaimed the lead just seven minutes later. Just a few steps inside Portugal's half, Cavani hit Suarez with a pinpoint cross over the top of the back line, and immediately made a run behind the Portuguese defense. "You can't control that situation".

Stopping Ronaldo. It was that simple for Uruguay. His presence then meant Portugal's right-back Ricardo Pereira squeezed, allowing Cavani the space to score.

The only downside for Oscar Tabarez's side was the sight of Cavani limping off late on, raising a question mark over his fitness for next week's last eight showdown with the French in Nizhny Novgorod.

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"We must congratulate Uruguay because they are the national team that are in the quarter-finals", he said post-match.

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