Ronaldo follows Messi out of World Cup as Uruguay beat Portugal

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Uruguay got the match started early in the seventh minute when strikers Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani connected on an epic passing display that ended with a Cavani goal to put La Celeste up. "It's exciting. there are no words to describe this". But he also admitted it'll be a group effort trying to slow down Portugal's star.

Portugal's triumphant Euro 2016 campaign was never spectacular but it made the most of what they had available - a world-class striker, a strong defence, a good goalkeeper, a winning mentality and good organisation. They carry a huge burden on their shoulders, yet each scored crucial goals in the Group stage.

Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi, Cavani, Neymar and so many others are leading lights in Europe, so it is crucial for the game that South America goes deep into this World Cup.

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Uruguay had not conceded a goal at this World Cup before Pepe rose unmarked to nod in an equaliser from close range, prompting a brief spell of dominance for Portugal.

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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It was a five-pass buildup from deep in its own end that culminated in Uruguay's first goal, and the final two passes were flawless. Who will come out on top when the two sides meet on Saturday? Cavani continued his run and Suarez curled the pass to the back post while Portugal defender Raphael Guerreiro was watching.

"If Cristiano plays by himself, Portugal is going to lose", Santos said. Muslera's long goal-kick was brought down by Bentancur 30 yards away, before the latter rolled a ideal pass towards the left where Cavani was unmarked.

Uruguay, who included a fit-again Jose Giminez to partner captain Diego Godin dealt diligently with the set-pices employed by Ronaldo.

Portugal have been dragged to unprecedented heights by Ronaldo over the years, but he now needs help to keep them among the world's elite.

'We must congratulate Uruguay because they are the national team that are in the quarter-finals, ' Ronaldo said after the game. The Uruguayans had gone 598 minutes since November 2017 without allowing a goal.

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