Edinson Cavani punishes Portugal with two brilliant goals

Edinson Cavani punishes Portugal with two brilliant goals

Gary Neville heaped praise on Lucas Torreira after Uruguay set up a World Cup quarter-final against France and knocked out Portugal in the process. "He defends, commands, scores goals, wins titles, and does not miss a game", said Diego Maradona recently.

Ronaldo did take defenders away from Pepe, allowing the defender to head in a 55th-minute equaliser, but this was a night when nobody else was able to come to the party and ease the creative burden on the Real Madrid superstar.

Portugal would have to wait for the second half to equalise - with a goal in the 55th minute from Pepe.

Portugal: Portugal are well prepared and hopeful of delivering a big performance against Uruguay.

And when it comes to playing in World Cups, only two outfield players - Germany's 1990 World Cup-winning captain Lothar Matthaus and Rafa Marquez of Mexico, who made history in this tournament - have played in five different tournaments.

In today's second Group of 16 match, Uruguay vs Portugal, will be played at Fisht Stadium on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 11:30 PM (IST).

It was thanks to his header that Uruguay beat Italy 1-0 in their decisive group game in Brazil to reach the last 16 of the last World Cup and even though they fell to Colombia in the next round, the memory of the goal lives on. A move he started with an exceptional 40-yard cross-field pass to strike partner Luis Suarez, he finished with an equally impressive dive to meet Suarez's return at the far post. Forging a simply unstoppable partnership with Suarez, Uruguay look like scoring every time they come forward.

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It means Lionel Messi ends the World Cup with just one goal - and at 31 he may never again grace a competition that he has never truly lit up.

Asked whether Saturday's contest with Uruguay could be "boring", Portugal boss Fernando Santos told a press conference: "No, I don't think so".

This could be the end of Cristiano Ronaldo, who at 33, must know he cannot get his hands on the biggest football prize anymore and he still failed to score in the second round of the FIFA World Cup.

Cavani was forced to leave the game in the 74th minute and limped off the field with the assistance of Cristiano Ronaldo.

"Their central defenders play for Atletico Madrid, who won the Europa League". One more and he will equal 1950 World Cup-winner Oscar Miguez's Uruguayan record of eight goals at the tournament.

"We have to be strong as a team, as strong as Uruguay".

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