Edinson Cavani fires Uruguay into last eight after beating Portugal

Mae Harvey
July 3, 2018

Even if you score three goals, you need the support of a full team.

Uruguay has gone deep into the World Cup before, even with some of the same players, yet after four straight wins, it's clear there is something more to the group that Oscar Tabarez has brought to Russian Federation.

Messi's return in Russian Federation was more meager - at times he looked disillusioned on the field as Argentine struggled to find anything like their usual style and he drifted deep into midfield in the forlorn hope of influencing games. Everybody knows, that we depend on our players. "He tried. The team didn't win because Uruguay scored twice".

Uruguay boss Oscar Tabarez claims the obsession with ball possession in modern football is misguided, and simply does not translate into goal chances. "We have to keep our heads high".

"It's not the time to talk about the future when it comes to the players and coach", he said.

Ronaldo is one of the best strikers in the world, he has great potential.

Cavani struck in the seventh minute of Saturday's last-16 tie in Sochi to put Uruguay in control, but Portugal hit back after the interval when Pepe headed home Raphael Guerreiro's cross.

"The truth is, it was really exciting", Cavani said. They won all three group games without conceding a goal and beat Portugal with two brilliant goals from Edinson Cavani, who then came off after reporting discomfort in his left hamstring.

The Real Madrid star exited his fourth World Cup in disappointment after two goals from Edinson Cavani saw the Uruguayans advance to the last eight on Saturday.

Uruguay will now lock horns with France, who earlier defeated Argentina 4-3 in their round of 16 match, at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod on July 6.

"And I also want to congratulate the organisation of this World Cup, it has been fantastic in every way; the organisation, the security, the atmosphere is ideal and it must be said".

Ronaldo played a pivotal role in France during Portugal's triumphant campaign two years ago, and during the tournament in Russian Federation he became Europe's top worldwide goal-scorer and only second in the world to Iran's Ali Daei.

"In football, there are no moral victories and I would have preferred to play worse and win the match", Portugal coach Fernando Santos said.

There is always competition to earn a place in the team, but things are easier "when they have given you the rules and everything is done based on our sacred word. which is respect".

Cavani sent the ball across the field to Suarez, who aggressively dribbled to the top corner of the penalty area.

"It was a mistake from us that cost us the equaliser but luckily we found some space and the team stayed strong mentally", said Tabarez.

"First of all, congratulations to Uruguay", said Santos after the match.

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