Admirable scenes as Cristiano Ronaldo helps Edinson Cavani off the pitch

Toby Graves
July 1, 2018

The Real Madrid striker will be 37 when the next World Cup arrives, in Qatar in 2022, but refused to consider his future as he left the Fisht Stadium. This is the third time that this record has changed hands in Russian Federation, with Ronaldo and Ricardo Quaresma having both broken it during the group stage. Twelve of those have been assisted by Luis Suarez. But it is so much more than that. But it's also the first big hurdle towards the ultimate glory: the World Cup. Furthermore, both players leave Russian Federation still in search of their first goals in the tournament's knockout stages.

At 35 years and 124 days, Pepe became Portugal's oldest ever goal scorer in a major tournament match (World Cup and European Championships). Ronaldo, on the other hand, has scored 85 goals in 153 global appearances.

"Portugal improved their chance of winning the competition when they drew their opening match against Spain".

Two goals from Edinson Cavani put the South American side into the last eight after Pepe had earlier pulled things level for the Portuguese.

"Godin is a star".

At the other end is Suarez with 53 goals from 101 games but numerous controversies behind him including a nine-game global ban for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini four years ago.

Today, Gimenez is set to rejoin Godin in central defence after missing the 3-0 victory over Russian Federation due to injury.

Iran then gained an injury-time penalty after a handball by Cedric Soares, with the spot-kick given via the video assistant referee, and Karim Ansarifard converted it to drop Portugal from first to second in the group.

"These are different circumstance of course, the hosts have huge support and they've had a very good tournament, while Uruguay has high quality and top-notch players and they're all excellent - but Portugal too". Suarez tried a similar effort to the free-kick he scored against Russian Federation - and nearly pulled it off again.

Where is the FIFA World Cup 2018 Uruguay v/s Portugal match?

It was a flawless performance in terms of how to fairly take a superstar forward out of the game, and with Fernando Santos' side having little else in attack it was always going to be decisive.

And just like that, he joined Messi in heading out of Russian Federation and out of the World Cup. It has been like that for the whole of 2018.

Up next? A place in the World Cup quarter-finals is at stake as Uruguay and Portugal face off in the last 16 this evening.

Stopping Ronaldo. It was that simple for Uruguay. "But right now we can't say with any certainty what the injury is or might be". "You don't prepare a match just looking at one player".

Martin Caceres and Diego Laxalt are expected to be full-backs and the midfield will see Rodrigo Bentancur and Matias Vecino starting.

The star of the game that sent Cristiano Ronaldo's team back home was Paris Saint-Germain's striker Edinson Cavani, who opened the score with an incredible header on the 7th minute, following an wonderful cross-field assist by Barcelona's Luis Suárez.

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