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World Cup 2018: Uruguay defeat Portugal 2-1, through to quarterfinal

 

Edinson Cavani upstaged Cristiano Ronaldo, first with his head and then with his right foot, and fired Uruguay into the Fifa World Cup quarterfinals.

Ronaldo couldn't find find the target as Cavani scored twice to give Uruguay a 2-1 victory over Portugal in Sochi on Saturday (Sunday NZ time).

On the same day, Lionel Messi was sent home in Argentina's loss. It was two weeks ago that Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in the same stadium against Spain, in a thrilling 3-3 draw in their opening game in Russia.

 

But there was no goal from Ronaldo this time. Everywhere he went, the Portugal great was hounded by two or three Uruguayan defenders.

It was Cavani who instead took the spotlight. He combined with Luis Suarez to compete a series of precision passes to give Uruguay the early advantage with a header in the seventh minute.

And after Portugal equalised with Pepe's header in the 55th minute, it was Cavani again finishing a perfect Uruguay counter in the 62nd with a shot from just inside the penalty area that caught Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio slightly out of position and curled inside the far post.

"The truth is, it was really exciting," Cavani said. "There aren't words to describe this."
Cavani now has three goals at the World Cup, but limped off in the 70th minute with an apparent injury and had to be replaced. He was helped to the sideline with his arm around Ronaldo's back.

 

Uruguay, the two-time world champions who reached the semifinals in 2010, will next face France on Friday (Saturday NZ time) in Nizhny Novgorod.
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Portugal had chances in the second half, including a frantic final few minutes of stoppage time with claims of a possible handball in the penalty area from a late corner kick.
But there was no late video review to benefit Portugal as Ronaldo's fourth World Cup came to an uneventful end.





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